2020 Blind Spot Series: Mildred Pierce
What I knew going in: All of it.
Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford) is a hardworking woman who starts waiting tables after her husband leaves her. Her spoiled daughter Veda (Ann Blyth) looks down upon this, but she's determined to work her way up to owning her own restaurant. However, now her second husband, Monte (Zachary Scott) has been murdered and she finds herself relaying her story during questioning.
I must be one of the few people who watched the HBO mini series before seeing the actual movie. To be honest, outside of really liking Evan Rachel Wood's performance, I don't remember much of it. So even though I knew the story, this film felt very different than what I was expecting.
It's funny to me that Joan Crawford has this bitchy reputation yet she's so good at playing these sympathetic characters. I liked Mildred immediately. Sure, she has her faults, but she's easy to root for. Even if you hate that she indulges Veda so much, you can understand why she does it. Ann Blyth was also wonderful here. Veda is the worst. I think I prefer Evan Rachel Wood's take on the character as it had more depth to it, but Blyth was good too.
Another thing I enjoyed was the set up of Mildred narrating her own story. I thought it was a great way to tell it. I had expected to be luke warm on this the way I was with the mini series (which I now want to re-watch after seeing this) but I really just loved every second of it.
Memorable Quote: "Harmless." (in response to how she likes her drinks) - Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford)