I gave this movie a chance and I enjoyed it. Yes….there will be tears.
I have to admit “A FAREWELL TO ARMS” is equal parts Gary Cooper’s performance along with Helen Hayes’ because without Fredric there’s no Catherine and vice~versa. No doubt he is a tall quenching glass of water, but in general I feel Hayes acts rings around Cooper’s halting/hesitant/stilted delivery. I lean towards her, but I believe working with Hayes upped Coop’s acting game.
They say there’s no frigate like a book. But what happens when you turn a frigate into a movie? What’ve you got then?
Now Voyaging and Speakeasy have partnered up again to host this weekend’s “BOOK TO COVER: Books to Film Blogathon.” It’s pretty self-explanatory: “This blogathon is your opportunity to focus on great cinema that started as words on a page.” In her blog, Christina Wehner asks an interesting question: “Should You Read The Book First Or Watch The Movie?” Luckily there’s no requirement in this blogathon to have read the book one’s movie choice is based on. (Besides, I need books with big print and lotsa pictures. That ain’t Ayn Rand.) Yes, my choice is a film from the book of controversial author whose name is a lightning rod of polarization: Ayn Rand.