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Brilliant Realistic Sarcasm Through Frustration !
- DON RILEY
O'Connor takes her very congruent views and creates a sarcastic, grotesque often comic picture of how individuals distort their own lives through their own ignorance and the ignorance of others . This is a Brilliant Film and worth seeing many times. I don't believe Religion is the spine of this film, the spine of the film is ignorance.
- kevin sellers
Nice try, but Huston and Flannery O'Connor just don't mix. It's one of the few of this director's films films where you find yourself looking at your watch. ("Moby Dick" is another) C plus.
Glad I saw this movie.
This is an unpretentious, understated movie, faithfully adapted from Flannery O'Connor's novel (transferred from the mid-1940s to late 1970s, with almost no harm done). Positively suffused with local color, Southern Gothic tradition much of which isn't pretty this movie lays bare the ambiguity of Christian redemption, a recurring theme in O'Connor's work. Every strand of the story, every scene, explores this theme. Watch this movie. Read this book.
A Nonsense Movie
- disinterested spectator
Instead of having a plot, there are some movies that hope to entertain us with a bunch of quirky characters parading before us. And then there are those movies about crazy people that are supposed to tell us normal people something profound about ourselves. I think this movie is a combination of the two. It all adds up to one big pointless mess.
Who is really blind?
- Dan Frascella
Says more than the average viewer sees. Have they all blinded themselves with Political Correctness as the main protagonist of this movie physically accomplished. A thoughtful tragic comedy>.
Many of the user reviewers who have reviewed this are unable to divorce themselves from their unfortunate politically correct upbringing. It is a tragedy that is an example of the dumbing down of western culture. Guess what? Use of the N word was very common whether you like it or not. Get over yourselves and study some literature before criticizing. There was a world before you were born. Why don't you try placing a work of art in the context of its world before you attempt a "review " that only exposes your limited "intelligence." Most of these reviewers are unable to understand anything not spelled out and spoonfed to them. That said, Flannery O'Connor isn't for everybody. It is LITERATURE and requires effort to understand it but can also be enjoyed as "dark humor" story which, I doubt, most of these "reviewers" would understand. If you can think, then this movie and/or book may be for you.
Not so Wise
Sunday afternoon relaxing and Wise Blood aired. What a foul mouth bunch. The N word was used quiet a bit, only they did say the word outright in a very offensive and ugly way, I might add. In the wake of Fruitville Station and the Zimmerman muder trial, I would think we need to move past this type of ugliness in our culture, which serves no purpose. The language and sterotypes in this film shares no value. There are no teachable moments nor does it educate on a past long gone, but rather takes us backwards as a nation to a very ugly period.I had the remote in my hand when the next scene showed monkeys, well, I knew it was coming and they did not disappoint. Of course, the southern boys obliged and made an ignorant comment concerning N*****s and Monkeys.Well that did it for me! I signed on to TCM to let my voice be heard. Please do a little more screening of your movies you have a diverse group of people in your mix and that so called movie went too far even in the context of history. It was just too much to bear for a peaceful relaxing Sunday afternoon.
- Dashiell Barnes
One of Director Huston's best & undervalued works. Dourif gives a powerful performance as a war vet attempting to open his own church, the story has numerous eccentric characters, but it's hard to familiarize with them. Adapted from O'Connor's novel, the poetic story is incisive about the nature of spirituality & evangelicalism. Occasionally dull, but still worth seeing. I give it a 4/5.
Sick and Sad somewhat booring
This move involves strange characters using the" N" word alot. Can be summed up in a sentence or two. Some crazy peop;e dont believe in GOD then somthing kinda little and insignificant happens and the main character tries to epent by self mutalation I would have been upset if I paid to go to the show to see this.
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A very weird and funny movie that turns serious. And the seriousness is all the more powerful for having entered sideways, unexpectedly seeping through the comic tone. (What a welcome change from all those self-important, grandiose "message" movies that deliver the message so obviously.) This is a rare treat for Flannery O'Connor fans, John Huston fans, and, I should think, film buffs in general.