As such, I’ve managed to reach adulthood without seeing, oh, most every movie. I didn’t see Goonies
till I was 21 (and that’s not a great age to see it for the first time), I’ve seen The Princess Bride
once, and my only knowledge of Casablanca
was based on all those times it was referenced on The Simpsons. But! I am always on a quest to see if classics are Any Good, so a few months ago some girlfriends and I piled onto the couch, made some thematic food
, and borrowed the DVD from the library.
In case you don’t know, Casablanca
is a movie set during WWII in the largest city in Morocco. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is an exiled American and former freedom fighter who now runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick’s surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick’s one-time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit.
As you probably know, it’s a really good movie. The story is interesting, it’s well-acted, and you probably wouldn’t see the end coming – if it wasn’t completely embedded in pop culture at this point.
Here are some observations we made while viewing Casablanca:
* The Rick/Ilsa age gap is, um, uncomfortable making. If we did the math right, his character is 16 years older than her. And she was, like, 19 when they met? Dude. Leave it alone.
* Fedoras are painfully stylish.
* Mustaches makes you look dicey. File also under: DUR.
* You seem deep when you mumble/don’t open your mouth too much.
* White jackets are extremely underrated. Dapper! Interesting!
* Sometimes you need to love someone enough to leave them alone. I’M LOOKING AT YOU, ILSA.
Have you seen Casablanca? What’d you think? What are some other classic movies that live up to the hype, in your opinion?