Sunday, March 7, 2010
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. B
I'd think that traditional political junkies cherish Frank Capra's 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.' I'm also pretty sure that they're saddened by the fact that the major political problems presented in the film are still very prevalent today. But if you don't dig politics then my guess is you won't love this movie. But there's a good chance you'll still like it and appreciate it. A very young looking James Stewart plays Jeff Smith, a newly appointed senator who's attempt to start a camp for young boys is foiled by corrupt politicians. 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' is about recognizing what's wrong and not stepping down from our stance. Though the situation that surrounds Mr. Smith is restricted to the senate, the morality presented by Jeff's refusal to step back is universal. I thought the first half of the movie was much more enjoyable than the second, especially the final third when I felt almost as exhausted as our hero himself. The first half is generally light hearted and funny, but after we sense some misconduct, the movie turns serious and loses both its charm and fun. One could argue that this is when the movie truly comes into its own, but I sort of stopped enjoying it when the picture got into filibuster territory. It almost seemed to go too far in it's attempt to show this guy's arduous battle. Still, there's a lot to admire about this movie, all of it highlighted by Stewart and Capra, who guide the movie to success.