Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass, despite its name, is not really about the scandalous relationship between two teenagers. It focuses much more on the reaction towards just a general romance between two young people who are not expected to be together. The most "scandalous" elements really only result from Natalie Wood's being driven slightly mad from being expected to be a proper lady despite its desires. The film works less as a romance, its not one really, and far more of the way something seemingly normal can be blown out of proportion to the point that it grips an entire community. It's an interesting and engaging examination of that. I won't say it ever becomes anything too notable, except really Beatty's and Wood's final scene which is rather memorable. 

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