While not as much of the countercultural anger of Ken Kesey’s novel made it into the screen adaptation, as a primary story of the nice guys banding collectively to beat the bad man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is still rousing, spirited entertainment. This was Jack Nicholson in full blossom as he transitioned from the dangerous indie actor into the all-time movie star he’d become; will it’s this or The Shining that we most remember him for? He’s forever the audience surrogate, the guy who all of us want we might be, combating our fights for us, even dropping for us when he has to.
The movie happily embraces each cheese and melodrama, and it’s so gentle on its toes that you find yourself having such a good time that you don’t notice you’re watching a tragedy. Still a shining example of simply how a lot an excellent musical … Read MoreRead More