Very good, but the greatest movie ever made? Um...
Years of being a teenage movie critic, and I never actually saw Citizen Kane until I was 14. I saw it with my grandfather, an excellent person to watch complicated movies with, and before the movie started, I was totally like, "Come on, greatest movie ever made! Give me all you've got!" And, by the end of the movie, I was slightly underwhelmed. I mean, I don't deny that it's a very good movie, and I agree that it uses some very influential filming techniques, but... greatest movie ever made? I certainly don't think so. Like I said, it is still a good movie; Orson Welles gives a bravura performance as a pompous wealthy man who, deep down, just wants his childhood back, and the rest of the performances are at least decent. And it has some very good, emotional moments that made you want to punch and hug Kane at the same time, and it's backed up by a smart script. And the cinematography was magnificent and bold, doing a great job of symbolizing the mood and atmosphere. I also thought the ending was brilliant and mind-boggling, really making you think and ponder about everything you've just saw. But I don't think Kane was an especially developed character, and (small spoilers!) it didn't make very much sense to me how his entire life shattered only when his wife left him. I think there should have been more focus on the sympathetic side of his character, because I think I only felt real pity for him near the end. I also felt like some of the plot points didn't add up or were hard to follow. Plus, I thought the runtime was bloated, and several scenes really dragged on a lot. But, although I certainly don't consider it the greatest movie ever made, I do still consider it a poignant and meaningful film that, admittedly, deserves cherishing.
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