Marlon Brando Month #4: A Streecar named Desire and Julius Caesar

A Streetcar named Desire
A Streetcar named Desire is a heart wrenching film about a Blanche DuBois, a desperate woman who ends up on her sister’s doorstep. Throughout the film, Blanche must fight to defend herself from her brother-in-law and World War II veteran, Stanley Kowalski as she watches her world crumble around her. Follow as Blanche discover the world in an obnoxious and crazy but also heartfelt and tragic sort of way. The fetured actors in the movie include Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter and many more. The movie is based on a play of the same title by Tennesse Williams (the script was also written by Tennesse Williams) and the director for this version of the film was Elia Kazan . I thought this movie was well directed and the actors were convincing but not completely believable. I thought that Stanley Kowalski, played by Marlon Brando, was an incredible character and perhaps one of the best performances from Brando. His character, at times, overpowered the others in a demanding sort of way that tied the plot and the overall character dynamic together. I thought that the actors meshed well and made the dialog seem convincing. The dialog and how it played out made the scenes stick in my mind for days and made me see the world in a different light. Overall I would give the film 4 out of 5 stars because at times there seemed to be something lacking that could have enforced a few of the scenes in a more prominant way.

Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar follows the well known tale of Julius Caesar, a high-ranking official in Ancient Rome. Caesar’s power-hungry and ambitious attitude and ideas prove to be a bit of a concern for his friend Brutus and his frenemy Cassius. Together they form a pact to assassinate Caesar but they just might have underestimated the power of a public speech and a good speaker (in this case from Marc Antony). Eventually the plot leads to war and death which pushes an overall tragic theme to the movie. Originally written by William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar proves to a memorable story, taken on by director, Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The actors fetured include Marlon Brando, Louis Calhern and James Mason. I thought this film was suberbly done and the black and white style film helped enforce the timeliness of the story. I thought that this was an espically good screenplay because of the way the script and characters stayed true to the original book. I thought that James Mason (Brutus) delivered each line with an impecable style and that Marlon Brando’s (Marc Antony’s) speech to the public was empowering and very convincing. A lot of the costuming was quite cheesy even for the era the film was shot in (1951) and there were a few obvious visual mistakes that could’ve been easily fixed or prevented. Overall I would give the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, lacking one star for the cheesiness at times and the quality of the costuming, set, ect.


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