Thursday, July 02, 2009


M*A*S*H, the 1970 film, is another of the Father's Day presents, and this is the one The Husband picked for tonight. The Daughter and The Younger Son had not seen it before. It had been so long since I had seen it I had forgotten most of it. We all enjoyed it. The special features had some good stuff but were repetitive, using a lot of the same clips.


The New York Times doesn't like it, saying
it is impudent, bold, and often very funny, it lacks the sense of order (even in the midst of disorder) that seems the special province of successful comedy. I think that M*A*S*H, for all its local virtues, is not successful.

EW says, "watching ''M*A*S*H'' now, it seems like a series of improvised antiwar rants -- which Altman pretty much admits it was." closes with this: "the film is still highly regarded for its innovative narrative techniques and its effective humor." Roger Ebert gives it 4 stars.

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