Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

I tried to sit down, but I got right back up again.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * * · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * · )

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Ok, I am a big James Stewart fan, so Mr. Smith Goes to Washington wasn't too hard a sell. It is hard sometimes to watch a film that was made for audiences almost 60 years ago in this day in age. We don't expect the same kind of material that they did back then. We expect better acting than they had back then and a different type of plot. To be honest, I have to put myself in a different state of mind in order to be able to pay attention to a move like this for two hours. But if you can get into that state of mind, there are a lot of rewards. Old Jimmy Stewart does his typical underdog role against Washington politics and industrial corruption, fighting with nothing but his patriotism, devotion and simpleton attitude. There are some pretty good characters and some pretty good scenes, but it is easy to think with our 21st century attitude towards movies. Was I moved like I was in Good Will Hunting? No. Was I as entertained as I was during Sixth Sense? No. But I was both moved and entertained just on a different level. This movie definitely is a classic, but I would be lying if I said I would have seen this for any other reason except to say that I saw it. Well, I have seen it. The DVD has a commentary with one of the producers and a featurette. The sound and picture fit the time of it's release and did a good job representing the film. If you are in the mood for an old time classic, here it is. If you would rather watch Blade again, I couldn't blame you.