365 films in 2016: film 18 (Rebel Without A Cause 1955)

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 22.46.34Rebel Without A Cause is an important movie, it combines classic storytelling with modern themes and filmmaking, what’s interesting about this film is we learn pretty much everything we need to know about the main characters in the first ten minutes, Jim is our ‘rebel without a cause’ who doesn’t respect his father and wants him to stand up for himself instead of letting everything he does slide, Judy wants her father to pay attention to her and to be proud of her and John just wants his parents to be around.

As you’ve probably noticed by now this is a film about the relationships between teenagers and parents and personal identity, Jim is lost and doesn’t know what he wants but definitely doesn’t want to end up like his parents. What’s interesting about Rebel Without A Cause is it feels modern even by today’s standards, something about the way James Dean captures the identity of a lost teenager is so interesting, his performance is so solid and natural it’s eerie, it’s strange to think in 1955 this was rated X which by today’s standards seems laughable, that’s what I think is so socially aware about Rebel Without A Cause. It was ahead of its time in terms of culture and attitudes, when the characters find solace in each other it’s sad when you see them get torn apart by a misunderstanding that could have been easily resolved, the performances make you care about the relationships these characters have with each other even though they have known each other for less than a day. Rebel Without A Cause is a fantastic movie that solidified James Dean as a Hollywood legend even in death, I really can’t praise this film enough, Rebel Without A Cause is a 9/10.

In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.

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