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Movie Review: Mildred Pierce

posted Jun 9, 2012, 11:25 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Jun 10, 2012, 12:18 AM ]
By Alex Sy

6/9/12

Mildred Pierce is one of the most realistic movies I have ever seen based on the reality of human interaction. In reality, people are out for the benefit of themselves and this film best describes that reality. 

The film encompasses the themes of greed and love as Mildred, the mother of her greedy daughter Veda, works her way up the social class to garner up money to impress Veda and obtain her love. Mildred worked as a waiter and created a restaurant in order to feed Veda’s ever growing love for money. However, where is the line between kindness and insanity? Through her outstanding performance in Mildred Pierce, Joan Crawford displays the reason why she deserves the Academy Award for Best Actress. Mildred shows her love for her family as she takes action in bettering their lives after a horrible divorce.

The film is in black and white but it is still amazing and enjoyable to watch. The film has an amazing plot that is interesting throughout the movie. Although the film is old, it’s themes demonstrate the destructive power of human greed and the amazing power of human kindness and love that we see today. Those themes are prevalent throughout the movie and are integrated in the actions of the actors. 

Mildred Pierce reminds me of how lucky I am living with such a wonderful mother and reminds me even more of how to be grateful and see past the greed of money. I must say that this film really speaks to me as my mother was a hard worker from the day I was born till now, and all she does is work for my brother’s and my benefit. This film is enough to make you hug your mother. The acting and story fit so well and in every scene that no scene can be considered boring. This film is catches the audience’s attention and keeps it to the final seconds. A


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