This is my 2nd entry in Ryan McNeil of The Matinee's 2014 Blind Spot series. Here is my initial post.
What I knew going in: I knew what Rosebud was, which turns out is a gigantic spoiler.
Before the Dos Equis guy was the most interesting man in the world, Charles Kane (Orson Welles) was. He was a rich newspaper tycoon who has recently passed away. The last word he uttered was "rosebud." Since Kane was the hottest news item, a reporter named Jerry Thompson (William Alland) is assigned to figure how who 'Rosebud' is. We see him interview a few of Kane's old friends, colleagues, and wives.
This movie came with high expectations. It's frequently called 'The greatest film of all time.' Or I've seen this reference 'This is the 'Citizen Kane' of blah blah blah.' I didn't even bother to read the synopsis of it before adding it to my Blind Spot list, I just knew I *had* to see this one. Did it live up to those expectations? Not exactly.
There were some things I really admire about Citizen Kane. The thing that stuck out the most were some of the camera techniques being used. I felt like I was watching them at their inception, and that was truly a gratifying experience. The film itself was never boring, but when I think about the hype this movie comes along with, I don't even think it would make my top 30. This film to me was just "okay" not spectacular, just okay. Still, I'm glad I finally got around to watching it, as I do feel it's still an essential film to watch, I just didn't love it as much as I was expecting to. Please don't throw things at me.
Memorable Quote: "I know too many people. I guess we're both just lonely." - Charles Kane (Orson Welles)