Decent but not Great
I could see how many might rave about the visual effects & the scene techniques and other aspects of the film but it does not draw me in and make me love the picture like Rear Window or Third Man(was great to me), or other fine films of that era that I have purchased lately. I remember renting this years ago & I cut it off early on, because(spoiler) - the early big news of Charles Kane's death drags on & on so much that it is nearly ad nauseam. When they get to the story and flash backs that is when the story gets very interesting, but I wish it had just stuck to only one or 2 flashbacks. It almost felt like the Ghost of Christmas Past or something similar. The story is quite dramatic and interesting but much more sad than happy, in fact a tradegy that many can relate. Funny that I watched this yesterday, on a day where some mega rich person(must be) paid a whopping $450 million! for a DaVinci portrait of Jesus Christ; you think when that dude gets to Heaven, that even Jesus might laugh at him?....lol. Better off with the money or giving it to the poor!
Citizen Kane is a cinematic version of 1941 TMZ. The entire movie is a bunch of news hounds trying to figure out the meaning of the last words of Charles Foster Kane, a reclusive newspaper tycoon. From a story point of view it's TMZ trash. From a cinematogprahic point of view it's ground braking for it's time.
This one stands the test of time. Great innovation, interesting story, very intriguing. It's a good one in 1940 and 2040.
Rosebud is a dumb sled, big deal. Would not make 15% RT rating by tadays standards. It wasn't even filmed in digital 6k redcode raw so any transfer is inferior.
You may THINK you know the 'meaning' of "Rosebud," but do you know what is the purported 'real' reason why, of all the words in the English language, Welles chose that particular word as the crux of this classic story? If you do, you'll know the intriguing, and perhaps real historical meaning of 'Rosebud.'
This is for the extras
Please note that although the film is undoubtedly excellent the claim that the extras are complete for this edition is somewhat misleading. In doing so it invites direct comparison with it's Blu-Ray edition which further includes two feature length documentaries.
What's left are two commentaries and a fluttering of very short featurettes.
I call upon iTunes to enable us to view what the entirety of the extras are prior to purchase and to put increasing pressure on the distributors to make their digital releases match their physical in terms of content and quality.
The Greatest Film Ever Made?
By GuitarMan 92
Personally, there is not a single film today that can stand next to Citizen Kane on the basis of quality. I’ve watched about a dozen times and I highly recommend it!!!
Fantastic. Been waiting for the Ebert commentary, the best ever recorded on any movie - now added to the iTunes Extras. Highly recommended!!!
An all around great film
I think most that rated it low just didn't understand the films narrative at all,but that's ok. I'm sure theres plent of MLP stuff for them and Michael Bay films elsewhere.It's also a masterpiece of cinematography.I'llend with an excerpt by Ebert.
“Citizen Kane” knows the sled is not the answer. It explains what Rosebud is, but not what Rosebud means. The film's construction shows how our lives, after we are gone, survive only in the memories of others, and those memories butt up against the walls we erect and the roles we play. There is the Kane who made shadow figures with his fingers, and the Kane who hated the traction trust; the Kane who chose his mistress over his marriage and political career, the Kane who entertained millions, the Kane who died alone. - Roger Ebert
The Greatest Movie of all Time…..?
By 1999 Boy Critic
Citizen Kane, I hear this is the number 1 greatest film of all time. What did I think of it? I'll be honest, I don't think it's great. I don't know what it is, but Citizen Kane never really seemed great according to me. I wish it did, but it didn't. But that doesn't mean that it isn't good. I like a lot of things about this film. I like how during the whole movie we get to be introduced to new and interesting people who knew Kane. There are also a lot of good angles and creative shots in this movie. The shadows Orson Welles used worked great and really made the scene more dramatic. Also, I gotta hand it to Welles. I mean, the guy starred in, wrote, and directed this flick. That's a freaking good director! So with all the good things I've mentioned about Citizen Kane, why don't I think it's great? Well, the reason is a big one. I never really found Charles Foster Kane that interesting. I actually thought he was kind of a jerk. Ok, he falls in love with this girl who wants to be a singer. He's heard her sing before and knows that she isn't good. But he has her perform in front of thousands of people and she gets booed. He knew she couldn't sing , so why would he put her on stage?!
I don't know. Even though I don't think Citizen Kane is great, I still think it's a good and interesting film. Though it ' not the greatest movie of all time, it still gets an 8/10.