01 July 2010
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
So basically: Cary Grant plays famous bachelor Mortimer Brewster who contradicts himself and gets married! He returns to his old home, the home of his two aunts and one of his brothers. This is the start of an epically hilarious ride into one of Brooklyn's finest homes. Mortimer finds a dead body in the window seat. Turns out his aunts have taken it upon themselves as one of their charities to dispose of lost and lonely older gentlemen and give them a proper Christian burial. Well, Mortimer is certainly not going to stand for that. To make matters worse, Mortimer's brother, Johnathan, comes back home looking like none other than Boris Karloff. With him is an impostor German plastic surgeon who changes Jonathan's face to hide from the police - as killing people runs in the family. Throw in a couple of cops, a sanatorium, and you've got yourself a fine piece of a picture. The funniest part? The most sane of the characters is Mortimer's brother, Teddy, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and the stairs are San Juan Hill!
This is defs one of my favourite films. Cary Grant is - of course - my favourite actor and he does not disappoint as Mortimer Brewster. This film is full of hilarity and dramatic irony - fav thing evs, btdubs. I recommend this to everyone. Even if you don't like black and white movies, you'll soon forget that it doesn't have any colour. Down points? really? nah.
If you haven't guessed my opinion on whether or not it deserves the "prestige" title of being a top 250 movie: the answer is defs yes! Frank Capra delivers yet another brilliant picture.
Ziggi seal of approval!