Tuesday, April 28, 2015

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

A vibrant convict (Jack Nicholson), seeking reprieve from the work farm, feigns mental illness and inspires enthusiasm and rebellion among his fellow downtrodden, emasculated patients at the state hospital, all victims of Big Nurse’s (Louise Fletcher) icily calculated control. Of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s many achievements, foremost is its ability to capture audience attention so completely, be it your first time viewing or your fifteenth. Though drastically different in tone from Ken Kesey’s drug induced first hand fiction, supremely on display are Milos Forman’s deft directorial abilities, the quintessential Jack performance, Fletcher as the perfect foil, a superbly chosen supporting cast, Haskell Wexler’s erudite cinematography, all adding up to an enduring fable on the testament of the human spirit. 
**** out of ****