Friday, February 12, 2016

Come and Get It

Come and Get It as a book was apparently a sprawling epic, the film evidently pared this down to just one man Barney who makes binding life decisions for the sake of success rather than love. The film I won't say is not without problems. The fact that the film was directed by two separate directors is noticeable as some seems have a more personal almost screwball style fitting of Howard Hawks, while others seem to be going for the style of a grander epic a la William Wyler. Now for the film's sake both seem to have been on point as it works whether it seems in the style of one or the other. It is perhaps most held together by Edward Arnold's leading performance which carries the whole personal journey on his back, and he always keeps the story clear in his concise and rather powerful portrayal of Barney's dilemma.

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