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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Jeff Nelson

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a phenomenal film that's worthy of the hype.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Strong films come about very rarely. These are the types of films that we cannot help but discuss the movie days after viewing it. The book that the film was based upon is a timeless classic that I will never forget. Most books converted to movies usually has difficulties bringing the story as intended to the big screen. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has its differences from the book, but depicts the plot very well.

Upon arrival at a mental ward, a rebel rallies the patients together to take on the Nurse Ratched, acting more like a dictator than a nurse. While there are some plot changes here, the film has quite a few sequences very similar to the book. The screenplay is absolutely excellent. Just like the book, the script draws the audiences into the characters. The humor is portrayed well from start to finish. The tragic ending is executed well. No movie can fit an entire book into the running time it has, but this adaptation brings its own charm to the table.

No matter how many times I see this movie, I always think about the casting was done to perfection. Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Denny DeVito, Sydney Lassick, William Redfield, Brad Dourif, and others are phenomenal. The dynamics between Nicholson and Fletcher is electric. Each performance here is great, but the acting between Nicholson and Fletcher stands out. Each of them bring something new to the characters while bringing them to life on the screen. The Academy Awards given to Jack Nicholson and and Louise Fletcher are much deserved.

Most of the story takes place within the mental ward, but has some plot points that take place at other locations. The mental ward looks great. A large advantage that One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has is the emotional impact it has on the audience. Viewers won't be able to help but become attached to specific characters. During some of the saddening plot points, the film undeniably delivers an impact through the cinematography and filming style.

There's a reason that One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest won Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay. All of these Oscars are deserved. The film delivers on all levels. This is a classic that will stand the test of time without a doubt. Those who have read the book will be very pleased with the outcome of the film. This is a roller coaster of a film that I have enjoyed viewing multiple times. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a phenomenal film that's worthy of the hype.

My Rating = Four and One Half Stars

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