Monday, November 7, 2016

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington Movie Review

With the election breathing down our neck, and me dreading having to stand in line (I really should do the early voting thing) I thought I would share one of my favorite movies with you. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a wonderful classic written by Sidney Buchman & Lewis R. Foster starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains and others. It came out in 1939 (which is crazy because it's still relevant- perhaps more than ever).



I don't want to spoil the movie for you so I'm not going to tell you what happens, but suffice it to say it's about a man named Jefferson Smith, who is extremely active in his community, owns a paper for kids and leads the Boy Rangers. In a crazy fluke, the governor of his state appoints him to the senate. He comes to Washington and is mesmerized to be in a city of great leaders. To stand in the shadow of men like Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson, but it doesn't take long for him to realize just how corrupt politics can be. When he begins to ruffle feathers and not go along with the senior senator and his cronies, they at first try to corrupt him over to their side (insert Darth Vader's voice "Come to the dark side") when that doesn't work they try to destroy him by any and every way possible. 

It's an amazing story of sticking to your principles and doing the right thing when everyone is against you, that despite what people might say, despite the trash they throw at you, even though no one else believes you- you keep doing the right thing. 

There is a bit of language in this movie, but in my opinion, it's worth the watch. 

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