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Rip Van Winkle's Movie Review

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At points I thought this may have been one of the best movies I have ever seen, but the end felt forced and abrupt. The most fascinating role for me was not so much the bland anchorman metamorphosing into the "angry prophet denouncing the hypocrisy of our time" but Faye Dunaway's character of the brilliant network strategist who has become completely removed from human emotion.



She reminded me a great deal of Philip K. Dick's reoccurring character of beautiful young woman as castrating, bitter genius. The script was strikingly wordy in a way that could be described as "literary" - I wondered if it was purposefully so to contrast the subject matter or if when the movie came out people did reference literature and mythology in everyday conversation more than they do now. Much has been written about how prophetic the film seems to be, and that the audiences of the day would have seen it as way more shocking and absurd.
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