For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!
I don’t really know how to critique the movie ‘Network’. It’s a movie full of flawed characters all either clamoring for position in the workplace or sick of it all. It’s set in a news station where the programmers take advantage of Howard Beale (Peter Finch) and his mental breakdown. The worst offender is Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) who is searching for a new voice to articulate the anger of the American public. Dunaway herself is incredible in this role- walking the fine line between sympathetic and cold, she never alienates the viewer, even in situations where she might otherwise loose us. Finch is also incredible in his role as Howard Beale. Finch himself had a tumultuous past which perhaps helped him understand the character and his psychological breakdown.
I won’t spoil the ending, but it was sure unexpected. This film is not perfect, and I doubt I’ll ever bother to watch it again, but it does have a scary ability to foresee the media world to come, where entertainment and news are blended, and everything is sensationalized.
In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns: