Misfits included the final performances of both Marilyn Monroe
and Clark Gable. That alone would make the film worth watching. It was
written by Arthur Miller for his ex wife, Marilyn, and was meant to
let her shine.
|As the story begins,
Marilyn is in Reno getting a divorce. She meets cowboys Eli Wallach
and Clark Gable, all three sort of lost souls looking for meaning. She
moves into a house built by Wallach for his late wife, and begins a
relationship with Gable. Gable and Wallach decide to go
"Mustanging," and travel to a rodeo to find a third hand.
That is where they run into old friend, Monty Clift.
| All three men want
Marilyn, and the jealousy causes some tension, but not nearly as much
as when Marilyn discovers that they intend selling the mustangs for
dog food. I am not real sure what this film is saying. It obviously is
an environmental plea to stop killing mustangs, long before it was PC
to be green. It is also about people who have lost their way, and it
might be saying something about redemption. One thing I came away from
the film with was a new appreciation for Marilyn's ability to use her
body to advantage and get things by the censors. Rare for the
time, you can see a major nip slip (more like an entire right
breast slip) that only lasted for two frames, and there are several
pokies, major cleavage shots, and see-throughs.
||Maltin says 3 stars, calling it
unsatisfying but engrossing. IMDB readers say 7.2/10. I think the
rating reflects the strength of the cast more than the actual plot. I
found the dialogue rather over-wrought for the screen, and more suited
to the stage, but the film held my interest, largely due to the
performances by four screen greats. If you are a Marilyn fan, this is
a must own. For the rest, it is worth seeing once.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C+.
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