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Citizen Kane| Review

Updated: May 31, 2022

Is there really anything I can really say or criticize about this film that hasn't really been done before? Every single nuance in any version of this film has been thoroughly examined that resembles the sheer attention every critic has given this film. The sheer fact of even writing a review of this film in the 21st Century could be considered frankly absurd. But I thought differently, why not express my feelings toward this film, not in the sense of a critique but more of a reflection?

My first time watching Citizen Kane was one of both boredom and immense despair. My thoughts during the films consisted of why am I watching this movie, why is it so boring, and why is this so heavily overrated? I was completely oblivious to the immense historical achievements the film had been widely known for.

Citizen Kane is widely regarded as one of the, if not, the best films of all time. In my own personal list of the best films of all time (Currently in progress at the moment) I have Vertigo at number one but I have Citizen Kane at the number two spot. AFI named it the best of all time, and Sight and Sound named it the second-best film with, similar to me, Vertigo at number one. It seems to me that the only film that can even challenge this is Vertigo. Let's break down the critical attention of both films. Both didn't win the best picture, both were directed by extremely talented directors, both had poor critical reception, and both gained much more critical respect as they aged.

But what do I want you to take away from this semi-review? I want you to know it is to pay attention to these types of films. Come back to films later in the years despite the critical reception at the time. You might even find the next Citizen Kane.

Time Stamp: February 4, 2020

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