A street-smart young man from the Chicago slums dreams of cajoling with the rich and powerful, no matter the cost.A street-smart young man from the Chicago slums dreams of cajoling with the rich and powerful, no matter the cost.A street-smart young man from the Chicago slums dreams of cajoling with the rich and powerful, no matter the cost.
It is sad that 'Mister Cory' isn't better known, for it really to me is a very good film and easily among Curtis' best early films and roles that sees a big growth as an actor. It is also a very good collaboration with Edwards. Of their collaborations together, the only one that underwhelmed was 'The Perfect Furlough' and that was hardly unwatchable. 'Mister Cory' really should be seen more and more accessibly available, it may not be extraordinary or among the best films ever made but it's entertaining and well made and crafted.
Can't really say much wrong actually. Would have liked more depth to William Reynolds' character Alex, written here rather thanklessly.
And maybe a darker colour palette may have worked slightly better in the photography and production values to match the sharpness and sometimes cynicism of the material.
That is not a knack really, because 'Mister Cory' does look great. The photography is full of style and elegance the CinemaScope gorgeous, and the settings/locations are like beautiful stars of their own. The music has energy and is really pleasant to listen to, not at odds with the film's tone.
'Mister Cory's' script is witty and sharp, with a sophistication and not heavy-handed use of cynicism. The story has a light heart as well as a darker edge that stops it from being glossy froth. Edwards' direction shows an ease, engagement with the material and a stylishness. The film works very well as a character study, with an interesting lead character.
A lead character played extremely well by Curtis, who brings a boyish charm, cocky arrogance, intensity, likeability and panache, the character is not purposefully a likeable one but one cannot hate him completely. Kathryn Grant and Martha Hyer are adorable and charming, while Charles Bickford and Henry Daniell give the standout supporting performances. William Reynolds excels with a character that could have been written better.
Overall, very well done and worthy of more credit. 8/10 Bethany Cox
- Aug 28, 2018