Sunday, June 01, 2008

Movie review: The Grapes of Wrath

The classic John Steinbeck novel about sharecroppers driven off their land during the drought in Depression-era Oklahoma.

Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) returns from prison to find his family gone and hurries to catch up with them. When he arrives the family packing up due to another eviction. As three generations of Joads struggle their way across the country, they find both intolerance and kindness.

When they arrive at their destination - California - they find it's not the land of opportunity they'd heard it was. The locals are not welcoming, in fact, some try to drive them away by starting riots and setting fires to the little shanty towns they live in.

Fonda owns the movie, playing Joad with the pent-up rage, frustration and sorrow of every man. Ma Joad, Jane Darwell, is the heart and soul of the family and every bit as convincing as Fonda.

I don't know if it's the best movie I've seen, but it was worth a watch.

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