Movie Review – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Posted: February 2, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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Every time, every single time you see the man on screen, you want to run to him, kneel down and kiss his hand. Such perfection! There could be a million actors coming and going but Jack Nicholson truly remains the one. I don’t know how could the director doesn’t get the temptation to make a full close up film of Jack Nicholson. This guy can do wonders in scenes you least except.

one flew over the cuckoo's nest

But look at the scene where they give the famous ‘shock treatment’ here in this film. After having watched this scene in a zillion Tamil movies with over acting, over music, over drama and everything over. It was quite stunning to see that scene shot with zero music and only the close up of Jack Nicholson. He, as expected nails the scene. Boy and how does he perform? He performs so well that you feel what he’d have gone through, when he comes back to the ward in the climax. If it’s the face that does the acting in the former scene, it’s the body which acts in the climax scene. I just couldn’t stop raving.

Apart from the obvious ‘acting’ in the film. The films dimension appealed me a lot. I don’t know how I missed so much when I was running my initial marathon. It was one of the very first movies I watched, looking into imdb list, which I wasn’t impressed much because a number of times I’ve seen the same story in Tamil movies. Especially the Bhagyaraj starrer Aararo Aariraro. But all these films were just over emotional, sillily funny movies whereas One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest takes you into a realm which you don’t even realize what it is. Most of the scenes you don’t know whom to support, what is correct and to top it all the characters and their portrayal.

Whenever you see a film which deals with a mental asylum it will be made up of characters who are exorbitant, who would make you laugh initially, have a sentimentally high on tears scene and end up on an extremely happy or sad scene with either a character dying or getting out of the institution. But here look how each and every scene unfolds like a flower blossoming. So beautiful and unique. I loved every scene where they have meeting with the nurse and that epic scene with Chief, oh boy, how Nicholson nails it.

Much credit has been given to Jack Nicholson, but if there is one person who has done a job equivalent to Nicholson, it’s Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched. If there was confusion whether Nicholson was a mentally ill person or not, there was equal amount of confusion as to whether Nurse Ratched was an egoist or not. Such layers, oh boy!

Throughout the film I had a feeling that something bad was going to happen and that’s the one emotion which I’m not able to put in words. Why did I feel that way? Was it because I already watched it once and knew that it’s an anti-climax, because as far as I can remember, the only scene that came to my mind while watching the movie was, “you’re not nuts, you’re a fisherman” scene. Or was the film done in any unique way which induces such emotion. I don’t know, but whatever it was, it was epic!


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