100 movies: The Apartment

100 movies of 2012

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

The ApartmentThe Apartment (23/09/12)

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

I do believe this will be the end of my mediocre film streak. Well, I hope so. If anything, it’s a brief pause.

The Apartment was one of those films I hadn’t actually heard of until this year. For shame. Though, in my defence, my historical film knowledge. Something I’m working on right now. So yay me, okay?

I can’t think of any other way to put this, but this film is adorable. Jack Lemmon’s C.C Baxter is the perfect gentleman. In some ways, I found his perfect gentleman-ness a little too much. I might have yelled at my TV for him to get himself a spine. But, the film was set in a completely different time. Shirley MacLaine’s Fran Kubelik was adorable. Such a fun character. Endearing. These two characters and actors got me totally engaged in this film.

The film itself was the perfect balance of comedy, romance and drama. I was laughing as poor Baxter was trying to make his way up the corporate ladder, all the while trying to placate the neighbours of his apartment.

Towards the end, I was worried that Baxter and Fran weren’t going to get the happy ending they both deserved. Usually, I’m cynical and quite open to unhappy endings. But not here. And thank you for that ending.

I wish all romcoms had this much charm in them.
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…