Director: Milos Forman
Writer/s: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Ken Kasey, Dale Wasserman
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher,
Requested Review from Steven Voll!
Going in blind here folks! I was requested to tackle quite the legend of a film in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Beyond knowing its reputation and recognizing the title, I know quite literally nothing about the movie. I always get a bit more enjoyment knowing nothing about the films I watch!
“A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.”
What a performance film, sheeeeeesh! To no ones surprise, Jack Nicholson is immaculate in this movie. His character of McMurphy has a hell of a transformation from the beginning of the film. From being a criminal asshole to being a criminal well-intentioned individual. Watching the interactions improve between the other patients was pleasant to watch and really made the movie a heart warming one by the end.
Not to be outshined, Nicholson was not the only exceptional performance here. Quite literally everyone was exceptional in this movie. The talent is off the charts with this supporting cast and everyone has wonderfully memorable moments, both upsetting and positive.
My personal favorites among the supporting cast was Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched and Will Sampson as Chief Bromden. Louise was downright cold and chilling. A prime example of evil. Will as the Chief was a quiet favorite. Speaking loud when saying nothing at all. Then being even louder once he spoke.
The story here is quite tragic and is pretty understandable to see why McMurphy turns his leaf in favor of his co-patients. The patients are all treated terribly and much to the lead efforts of Nurse Ratched. So similar to enjoying McMurphy’s transformation, it is equally enjoyable to watch the patients begin to enjoy life as they so clearly did not prior to McMurphy’s arrival.
I have nothing bad to say. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a phenomenal movie featuring performances you would not soon forget.