I genuinely liked “Citizen Kane.” The story was well written and kept my attention. At first, I thought the story was going to be confusing to follow since it jumped back and forth between the reporter questioning Charles Kane’s love interests, friends, and associates and to his actual life and interactions with the people being interviewed. In actuality, it was pretty straightforward. The news story recap at the very beginning was super helpful since it gave a brief overview of the story that was about to be told. Another thing I really liked was the anonymous reporter who the audience followed to get the story. It was a good way to narrate from an outside perspective that didn’t detract from the actual story. I’m surprised that I actually liked the movie to be honest because I normally shy away from older movies. (Mostly because bad film quality really bothers me for some reason)
Obviously, the theme is that you can’t buy happiness. Kane had every material possession he could ever want and more. Even with all that, he was still longing for something in his youth that reminded him of his youth and made him genuinely happy. The last thing he experienced before being ripped away from his family and having his entire childhood taken away from him was the snow falling and using the sled. When “Rosebud” was ripped out of his hands and thrown down, the camera stayed on it while snow accumulated which was excellent foreshadowing. They also hinted at it again when he says he’s going to find something in his past (or something like that) while talking to someone. (to be honest, I don’t really remember when it happened but I know it did). It shows how attached he was to the memory, which was probably his last genuine moment of happiness. Even the sight of fake snow, he calmed down from the fit of rage he was in after his second wife left him. The idea of the American Dream is that anyone can work up from nothing, and be happy with hard work. Kane worked hard to make his own newspaper company, become a politician, and be a good husband. He still never found true happiness, even though theoretically, he should’ve had it. All Charles wanted was love, but he couldn’t obtain it because of the way he was approaching it. He tried to show love and affection by buying lavish gifts (especially for his second wife) because that’s the only way he thought he could make them happy. His wives obviously weren’t very happy. His second wife even says “You never give me anything I really care about.” He was trying to gain love with something that wasn’t even making him happy in the first place.
All in all, this was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. I really like that the film makes you think and has some commentary on social ideas.
(You know we had to do it to ’em at prom)