East of Eden (1955)

East of Eden (1955)

Directed by: Elia Kazan

Starring: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris

So, Burl Ives is barely in this movie, but as a character actor, there weren’t really enough films I could find with him in a major role to satisfy all five films I require for one of these “challenges”. So, whatever, close enough.

At first this movie is about a messed-up farmer’s kid (Dean) learning that his mother is the mistress of a brothel in town, but then it switches halfway through to be about a romance between him and his brother’s girl. Also, lettuce and beans both play pivotal roles.

I really feel like I just didn’t “get” this movie. Like there was something deeper going on that never really resonated with me. As it was, it just felt like a month in the life of some weird kid, with some really out-of-place heavy drama at the end. I dunno, I just didn’t find it very interesting. It was beautifully directed, though.


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