Wednesday, June 14

Movie Review: Random Harvest (1943)

Random Harvest
Length: 2 hr & 6 mins
Released: 1943
Genre:  Drama & Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Where I Got It: Borrowed from my parents

An amnesiac World War I veteran falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-war life.

My parents watched this recently and then they passed it to me to watch too. It sat on my dresser for a few days because I stink at watching movies lately. Finally got myself to watch it. 

The story follows a WWI veteran who had lost his memory during the war. With the war at end, he is able to escape the asylum. He comes across a music hall star. She takes him under her wing to help him. Some time passes and he has come to terms he may never remember who he was. They fall in love, but everything is ruined when he goes to town for an interview. He has an accident and it restores his original memory right before his first accident during the war, but erases those post-war memories. 

This was actually really good. Yes, I had my doubts. Old b&w movies are 50/50 for me so I get nervous watching them. But this was one of the good ones. Very unrealistic and dramatic but enjoyable. 

This was sad....very sad. You can't help but feel bad for Paula. Kuddos for her, but I don't think I could stand it. I won't spoil anything since there is a big twist. Sure it is an old movie and I could spoil stuff, but I shall be good. 

My only issue was the ending. I feel like we could've cut some of the 2nd memory loss scenes a bit. I would've liked to see more time with everyone (not a spoiler) with their HEA. I feel like there will be some BIG convos that need to be have. 

Overall, if you are itching for a b&w I recommend this one. It was dramatic and tragic and romantic. The ending needed more, but I still enjoyed it overall. I'll give this 4 stars. 


Jen Twimom said...

I don't think I've ever heard of this movie! Glad you enjoyed.

Carole Rae said...

Never heard of it either until my mom found it randomly

Blodeuedd said...

I have not heard about this one before

Carole Rae said...

Sameeee. A hidden gem.