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What's the Fuss
- David H.
I can't figure out why some people are upset with The Yearling. It is a vivid portrayal of harsh frontier life in 19th Century Florida. Gregory Peck as the philosophical father and Claude Jarman Jr. as the son occasionally overact, but overall give fine performances and Jane Wyman is Oscar-worthy as the hardened wife and mother whose heart occasionally and eventually melts. There's really only one scene with animals that might raise the ire of animal lovers, otherwise the critters are well-trained and friendly with the actors. A number of scenes have an obvious sound stage appearance, but many outdoor scenes are spectacularly photographed. My main complaint was the son's final coming-of-age scenes seemed to be rushed as if to keep this movie within a certain length.
Since seeing this movie the first time years ago, I have continued to avoid it at all costs. I agree with a prior post from IfAtFirst who commented on its portrayal of brutality masquerading at life. Hate the characters and the story.
A sensitive coming-of-age film, oh Deer! Jarman, Jr won a Juvenile Oscar as a boy whose pet deer causes destruction to his family's farm; Peck won the Golden Globe for Best Actor, Wyman was Oscar- nominated for her work. Won two Oscars for coloured art direction and photography, telling the melodramatic story which took years to make. Heartfelt and emotional. I give it a 4.5/5.
- kevin sellers
Gregory Peck's rehearsal for Atticus (i.e. the perfect dad) is about half as good because it's twice as sentimental. As is this film. Sure did like the location shooting, though. (unusual, to say the least, for 1948) Give it a C plus. P.S. Even for a child actor Claude Jarman is kinda wooden.
- sherry hertzog
I hate the ending of this movie and I do not like Jane Wyman's character. I do think the cinematography with the boy and the deer is beautifully filmed, photographed and sequenced, and the music is perfect! I wonder if the score is original or what (for the sequence with the deer and boy running). Gregory Peck is awesome as usual.
Since when is animal cruelty "heart-warming"?!
This movie is disgusting, plain and simple. It's about a bunch of idiotic and cowardly humans who deserved every hardship they got. Peck's character is bitten by a snake so shoots a deer and orders his son to mutilate the body in the name of psuedoscience to "save" him. Afterward, the boy begs to take in the murdered deer's fawn. It grows up and does normal animal (and human) things ... like eating. This is deemed "threatening" and "misbehaving" because the animal is interfering with humans lives (not at all like the way its mother did when the humans disemboweled it! Hypocrites.) These kinds of people blame deers, bears, dogs, raccoons, the weather, god, everything but themselves for their own problems but take all the credit for things when they work out. (Obviously they never heard of a little thing called Karma.) The theme: Humans reign supreme but when helpless before natures they destroy it (when they aren't busy destroying each other, that is). Also, good, caring children must have their minds and souls drummed out of them in order to become cold, heartless adults. Beyond the horrors of this story, the film also has bad acting and fake "outdoor" sets. Peck usually picks crappy movies for his resume, but Wyman must have been temporarily insane to want to take on such a hateful and unsympathetic role as this.
A personal favorite
I first saw this movie when I was 12. Since then, and over the course of 4 decades, I've probably seen it another 5 or 6 times. The personalities, the locale, and that period of time are nicely woven around every human trait and emotion that surfaces in this brilliant survivor story anchored by Peck's never-say-die sense of hope.
- Jarrod McDonald
1. It's a deeply moving story, and Wyman is probably the best among the cast. 2. I didn't like the editing...it seemed as if Clarence Brown was afraid to let the shots of the land and animals play out...he was often in a hurry to cut back or dissolve back to the human actors. 3. I don't think Technicolor adds to this film; it would've been just as effective in black and white. 4. Jarman overacts, and I think they should've reigned him in a bit more. 5. Peck seems to play his poverty-stricken character almost for laughs, and I think there should've been more integrity in the portrayal...it should not be a caricature or cartoon character.
Brilliant For the Genre
There is a most tender brilliance at the core of what can be a heart wrenching movie. The fawn Flag serves as an allegory for the boy Jody, balancing uneasily on the brink of adolescence and possessed of a tenderness and vulnerability we can all recognize in memories of ourselves at that point in life.Jody is the Yearling. It also serves an interesting and somewhat realistic look at the reality of life during that time in our country's history. The interwoven themes of historical hardships, familial love and relationships all provide depth while the location shooting in southern Florida provides a great look at the wilderness of that area at the time of filming. The second unit shots of the deer are amazing. Highly recommend. ANd if you're feeling sentimental, don't forget the tissues.
Not Brillent, but Great.
I have watched this movie today!!!The yearling makes me think about I want a Deer so much. I would really enjoy this movie well.