Monday, January 17, 2011

Harvey (1950)

I can't believe I've never seen this movie. I've always had a soft spot for Jimmy "Lasso the Moon" Stewart and the premise for Harvey is just so off the wall that it's really surprising to me that not only had I never seen this but never even heard of it. Stewart plays an extremely charming drunk whose best friend happens to be a six foot, three and a half inch tall rabbit that no one else in the world can see. When I read the description I thought that there must be some sort of mistake and that this was really some indie knock-off of Donnie Darko.

Needless to say I had to investigate further and hit the play button. For the next hour and forty-five minutes I was treated to the warmest, most ridiculous, hilarious, surprising and touching movie I've seen in quite some time. I love Jimmy Stewart and I think this is hands down the most interesting character he has ever portrayed. From his peculiar way of talking, to his warm smile and genuine charm Stewart completely knocked this one out of the park.

He wasn't the only bright spot though. The entire supporting cast really shined (there was one unlikable character if  you want to split hairs). Everyone was really wonderful and I could keep rambling on about this movie forever but it would only keep you from watching it sooner. Even if you don't like old movies you'll still enjoy this one. Add this to your queue right now!

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The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? Because the description seemed so quirky and magical to me.

Is it artsy? No, but Stewart's performance could be considered a work of art.

Best thing about the movie? The painting of Stewart and Harvey. I seriously need that for my apartment.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Best if watched after a bad day, it'll really cheer you up.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 5 Stars!


  1. Nice write-up of a classic film. I'd seen Harvey as a kid and didn't like it, but when I saw it as an adult, man-oh-man, I got it. Whew, that monolog about meeting people in bars? Heartbreaking--and true.
    (Check out Stewart in Winchester '73: there's a scene where he smacks around Dan Duryea, and Stewart is *so* damn intense, it's shocking.)

    This is a great idea for a blog. I look forward to your future reviews.
    Good luck!

  2. I'll definitely give that one a look sounds pretty good to me. Thanks for stopping by and come back anytime!

  3. I want to bone James Stewart so bad.

    I mean James Stewart in 1950, not James Stewart now. Wait, is James Stewart now dead?

    I just googled. He is. Goddamnit, there goes my chance.

  4. Dig up Uncle Jimmy, and then you will most certainly be able to jump his bones. Unless he was cremated.

  5. Sara: Really now? I mean, I don't like dudes or anything but I never got the impression that Jimmy Stewart would be considered a sex symbol before. Then again I'm attracted to some pretty strange women so I can't talk.

    Ivan: If you guys go digging up Jimmy to do unspeakable things make sure you give my blog a plug on camera. The publicity would be bitching.

  6. It might be the time period and the suit and that adorable smile and I'm pretty sure I was meant to be born THEN so I could bone him.

    I KNEW I felt weird typing James Stewart over and over, but I couldn't put my finger on what was weird about it. I feel silly now.

    Ivan - Don't tempt me.

  7. I subscribed as a gift for my mother. Every time I do a search for a classic movie such as Harvey or Key Largc I get a "no results found" message. I don't get the whole Netflix thing.


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