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  • Harvey
    • Harvey
    • Runtime:104 min
    • Release Date:2014-08-24 03:49:01
    • Director: Henry Koster
    • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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MOVIE REVIEW:Harvey
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I wasn't expecting to like Harvey, but when I saw it I was blown away.
It is a wonderful film, with everything that a fantasy film should be.
The cinematography, scenery, costumes and sets are beautiful, not dated
at all, if it was dated if anything it added to Harvey's charm. The
music by Frank Skinner is jaunty and very sweet, it really gives the
meaning to the term feel-good. The script is excellent, it is witty,
fresh and quite touching. And I was also very taken with the story, it
may seem strange at first but it was a lovingly-told story and was
actually quite intelligent if you think about it. The film moves
quickly and is beautifully directed by Henry Koster, while the acting
is great. James Stewart is back with his Mr Nice Guy persona, Elwood
isn't the most complex of his characters but this character didn't
require complexity as such, the character was likable enough just by
Stewart playing him wonderfully, which he indeed did. The supporting
cast ably support him, especially Josephine Hull who is simply
delightful here as Veta Louise. Overall, beautiful and immensely
engaging film. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Harvey was a great stage play, and it is still performed in Schools
across America after 60 years. So if it is still that well liked, you
need to watch this film starring Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull.
Josephine played in Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant, another great
old time black and white film.

I watched Harvey as a kid back in the early sixties and I was
fascinated by an adult who befriended a Pooka. Jimmy Stewart's
performance is so convincing and laid back that I believe that we can
all learn from it.

Elwood P. Dowd is 42 years old and has decided to retire from life and
all of the worries that go with working. Life should be spent meeting
and talking with others and just enjoying each other. As Elwood says in
the movie "I have wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm
happy to state that I have won out over it." I just love that line in
the movie.

My father was born in 1907. He had the same build as Jimmy Stewart
along with his quiet and easy going attitude. I never got the chance to
know my father when he was middle aged, so as I watch this film, I
imagine Elwood P. Dowd could have been my father. I am sure my father
would have liked the comparison. So thank you Jimmy, you and Harvey
have made my life simpler every time that I watch you.

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Harvey (1950)

While the idea of a Forrest Gump-like simple man with a big heart is
naturally appealing, and while the story is an obvious fable about
sincerity and kindness, there is also something truly funny and sharp
about many of the scenes in this unique movie. Most of all, James
Stewart is beyond the beyond in his acting, not pushing the simpleton
aspects of his character, not overdoing the wholesome wisdom hidden in
his eccentricities. And playing with nuances in his face, and his
famous hesitant deliveries. Really special stuff.

You can't avoid seeing some of the cornball humor as canned, or some of
the hysterical episodes not completely funny, but just loud or chaotic
(which is funny in its own way). And clearly many of the peripheral
actors are filling in roles too supportive and not quite satisfying on
their own. Luckily the mother of our hero (Josephine Hull) is played
with a campy penetration that is perfect for the job (and a reprise of
a very similar role, a slightly dotty woman in a crazy family, seen in
"Arsenic and Old Lace" made a few years earlier). The nurse is played
by Betty Dow, and she seems trapped by the role but has some genuine
edge to her performance (too bad she only had a three year career in
Hollywood), which contrasts with her doctor/boyfriend played by Charles
Drake, also seeming to have a decent quick talent that never quite saw
the light of day in decades of making movies. And such is the secondary
cast, for the most part.

So it is Stewart and his warm, honest, selfless nature who pulls of
this movie, and he is enough. Director Henry Koster ("The Bishop's
Wife" and "The Singing Nun," both) deserves credit partly for keeping
it tight and letting the story, and Stewart, work their magic. But he
also manages some frenetic scenes that are madcap and fun, if not
always as hilarious as we might hope. In the end, of course, it's
moving and touching more than simply funny and wacky. A good
experience.

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