100 movies: Rebel Without a Cause

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]

Rebel Without a CauseRebel Without a Cause 22/06/12)

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

It’s a little bit tricky watching films from the 1950s. Times are very, very different. Language is different. Those things that were important back then seem trivial now. I always find it a little bit harder to relate and so, get into films from way back when.

Initially I struggled with Rebel Without a Cause. From the beginning with the scene in the police station. Kids being brought in and having good ol’ heart-to-hearts with police officers (Who seem to genuinely care) because they’re having arguments or disagreements with their parents. It’s just not something that seems plausible. These days. (How cynical of me!)

Still, managed to get past this and what felt like some overly dramatic-ness and really got into this film. Three teenagers all struggling with their respective parents, more specifically, fathers. But all coping with it in completely different ways.

It’s hard not to get completely swept away with the oh so very charismatic James Dean. I can completely see how he was one of the biggest heart-throbs of cinema back then! James Dean makes you sympathise with Jim Stark. Out of all the problem teenagers in this film, his was the only one I felt any sympathy for. Despite the fact that his only real problem with his father being that he as just a whipped husband who had no spine. I guess back then having fathers who you could look up to was incredibly important for children. And having a father like that, not so great.

Of course, one of my favourite scenes from this film is mini race on the bluffs. Nice bit of drama. Some beautiful cars. Nicely done. Also, this film looked pretty damn good in HD on my TV. I was surprised. Fully expected to see a bit of a grainy mess.

Can definitely see why this is a favourite classic film.

(This marks another film down on my epic list of film recommendations.)

Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…