The 1st half of this is pretty entertaining with the Civil War providing an exciting dramatic backdrop for our unsympathetic protagonist. But once the war is over, the movie loses focus and a sense of purpose and Scarlett simply isn't interesting enough to keep our attention for so damn long. At least most of it's quite purty. Overall, I give it a C+.
The first half is decent and is mildly enjoyable especially in it's scale. The second half is boredom incarnate. Why? Who? What? Where? It feels so aimless. Again, I have no problem with films that meander so long as the individual scenes are interesting. The characters lack any complexity and the scale is severely diminished in the second half and it starts feeling theatrical. Frankly, I couldn't even finish it.
A rom com interlaced with a war drama, segueing into a refugee movie, into woman of commerce movie, and finally into a marriage drama. Lots of strong (if sometimes melodramatic) performances. Gorgeous lighting and color. The amalgam of popular genres supported by technical excellence were probably a big factor in the movie's success; something for everyone. Clark Gable's http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/films/diary/
Used to watch it with my mum when I couldn't sleep. The tale of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler was my early premise of life. Well, life's not that technicolor-like and there are no Clark Gables anymore in 2014, but while my dvd doesn't get scratched..there's still hope!