The message is good. "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant." My grandmother was that way, but I just couldn't do it. As a result of understanding that about her I realized that you must always be kind to them, and listen very carefully to what they have to say.
I liked it, didn't love it. Reminded me of a whimsical version of Eugene O'Neill's Iceman Cometh. Also seemed to be trying very hard to be a Capra movie. Extremely difficult not to like Jimmy Stewart. I thought it was silly, was won over in the bar seen (Charlie's). That's when it got some sincerity.
Delightful comedy with lots unmitigated laughs. A couple of fine acting turns from Josephine Hull and Stewart, not to mention Hollywood's only six foot three and a half inch tall Pooka... and how are you, Mr. Wilson?
James Stewart is so cute in this. The theatrical farce of the movie reminded me a bit of Oscar Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest, and I wonder if there has ever been a queer reading of the play/movie. My favorite part is the reveal of the Harvey/Elwood portrait. Such pals! Though it is occasionally a bit too slow or syrupy sweet, I feel like this holds up better than most movies I have ever seen from this era.
Who don't love Harvey? (Okay, some of the reviewers here...) Effortlessly charming prestige popcorn film with a dose of sadness and a whole lot of good-will to spare! I'll make my grandkids watch it if I ever have some!
8.1/10, my review: https://wp.me/p1eXom-3fj
"the film deserves its own place in the treasure trove of Hollywood’s finest, not least for its eccentric wrinkle and two extraordinarily pleasurable performances."
The always likable Jimmy Stewart subverts his all-American-everyman image in this bizarre 1950 film, which combines plenty of screwball comedy with elements of surprisingly dark, melancholic drama. Featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Josephine Hull, Harvey is a quirky character piece about learning to accept people as they are, no matter how odd. Not great, but fun and heartwarming.
I still have yet to see Stewart give a bad performance. Its shocking to me that he usually isnt mentioned in the conversation of best actors of all time. Always so natural in his performances. This one is no different. A very whimsical tale, and a subtle comedy commentary on mental illness/alcoholism. Very rare film for the day, indeed still unique. 4.5 stars