One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was the second ever film to win the Big 5 Academy Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay), and as such holds a prestigious position among film classics. You may wonder if this is really worth all the hype. I’m here to say, it absolutely is, and this is not a purely unique film or an example of a famous career, but without a doubt one of those great films that you must see before you die.
The film appears normal at first glance, but all the details are polished to a mirror shine. Milos Forman’s direction is second to none, and the film is superbly paced and put together. Jack Nicholson does an exemplary job as the proverbial wrench in the machine, and he gives probably the best performance of his career, or at least one of them; he rises above and beyond merely being Jack Nicholson acting – he becomes another man entirely. Louise Fletcher also does an excellent job as the razor sharp and ruthlessly cold Nurse Ratched, one of the most memorable screen villains.
This film never ceases to be entertaining, and it is truly a marvel to watch and experience, especially from a critical eye, as the film is extremely well made. Films like this don’t come around too often nowadays, so treasure this one, since you still can.
Arbitrary Rating: 10/10