Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Oscar Movie Review: "Heaven Can Wait" (1978)

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Oscar Movie: "Heaven Can Wait"
Year Nominated: 1979
Director: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes
Did It Win?: No.

Professional football player Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty) accidentally has his spirit pulled from his body prematurely by an overzealous angel. To correct the situation, the angel finds him a temporary vessel in the body of a recently murdered industrialist until a more suitable replacement can be found.

This movie was pretty funny and entertaining. It's political ideas are not subtle at all and align directly with Warren Beatty's views. Obviously, if you disagree with the politics of the movie, you won't enjoy it, so keep that in mind.  Some of the topics this movie revolves around are not as relevant today (IE: the threat of nuclear power was much more prevalent then), but it doesn't make you look at this movie any differently. Warren Beatty does a great job as both actor (and was nominated for his role) and as director. In total, it garnered 9 Oscar nominations, which is pretty damn good! This movie has an interesting story and sort of a kooky perspective on life and death. Joe is plucked from Earth too soon, only to realize his body has been burned, that's funny and weird and yet interesting and sort of fun. Overall, it was decent and with a little modernization could be turned into an interesting remake.

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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