Random Movie Review


Title - Casablanca

Why - I was flipping through the channels and noticed this was on. Since I'd never seen it before I decided to watch it.

Previews - None since it was on TV, but as a cool bonus the channel I was watching it on, TCM I think, showed it without commercials.

Music - Lots of good piano music, and of course, 'As Time Goes By' which incidentally was chosen as I think the number two movie song of all time by AFI.

General - If you're like me and have never seen this movie before, it's the classic love story. See Ilsa and Rick met in Paris, but she called him Richard then. Ilsa and Richard had one of those great romances you always see in movies but most of us never actually get to have. This love comes to a cruel halt when Rick is forced to leave Paris because the Germans are coming and he arranges to meet Ilsa at the train station but she never shows. Instead she leaves him a note. Of course it's raining so as he reads the note the words blur on the page. We don't find all this out though until later.

First we see Rick in his club in, you guessed it, Casablanca. He acts like he doesn't care about anyone but himself, but we see signs that deep down he's really a good guy.

Then one day Ilsa and her husband come in. It seems he's a big man in the underground war effort. She sees Sam who had come from Paris with Rick and knows that Rick must be there. She convinces Sam to play their song (Her and Rick's, not her and Sam's). Rick comes out and yells at Sam for playing it and then Sam motions towards Ilsa and that's how they meet again.

Lots of stuff happens much of which are probably familiar to most of you even those who haven't seen the movie. Then at the end Ilsa and her husband are going to leave Casablanca, she wants to stay but he insists she leave because she won't be happy if she stays. So she goes and Rick kills some evil German guy.

Obviously I can't do the movie justice with my review. It's one of those  movies. When it ended my first reaction was 'wow'. I had always planned to watch it someday, but I never really found the time when it was on. If you haven't seen it yet, rent it or something it was just that good.

Best Line - Well, I was wondering... Why I'm so lucky. Why I should find you waiting for me to come along.

2nd Best Line - Of all the gin joints in all the world she had to walk into mine.

Random Personal Note -  I finally get the whole thing. This movie is one of those movies that is held up as 'the movie' It's probably the most mentioned movie in movies. There's even a scene in When Harry Met Sally where they're on the phone and they're watching the movie together. Before I actually saw Casablanca, I never really believed that it was as good as every movie says it is, but it is. Also I have to say I never saw Humphrey Bogart as the leading man, but even I who doesn't usually swoon over movie characters have to admit I swooned a  bit over Rick.

2nd Random Personal Note - I had no idea where Casablanca actually was if you are likewise geographically challenged look here.



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