MGM's lavish but troubled production is distinctive for being both the most expensive production of all time (up to its release) and for being the first Hollywood production shot in 65mm. But for all its cost it fails miserably in its script adaptation and in creating mostly loathsome characters. Taylor plays madwoman/racist while Clift moves from playing the world's oldest teenager to spineless wimp. Total mess.
I HAVE SO MANY FEELS FOR THIS FILM. Though it is not an amazing film, I rate it a four because it was a very engaging experience. Can't quite explain it. I liked it a lot, which means the admiration may increase or decrease in the future. We shall see.