Netflix Movie Review: Gone with the Wind

Kevin Burke, Staff Writer–


For this week’s Netflix Movie Review, I chose to watch the 1939 classic, Gone with the Wind, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, and based on the Margaret Mitchell novel of the same name.

Now, I want to preface this review by saying that Gone with the Wind is 238 minutes—nearly four hours long…

Therefore, if you ever have to go on a long road trip, or if you ever plan on doing 100,000 jumping jacks in a row, this is the movie to watch.

Gone with the Wind tells the story of a southern belle named Scarlett O’Hara (Leigh) whose world is turned upside down with the start of the Civil War.

Now, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, don’t read the next line—major spoiler alert:

The South loses.

Vivien Leigh plays her part to perfection, encapsulating all of Scarlett’s inner strength and power, while still being able to effectively portray her emotional weakness when it comes to love.

Gone with the Wind received ten Oscars at the 1940 Academy Awards—a record at that time—including one for Best Picture, and Best Director for Victor Fleming (who also directed The Wizard of Oz in 1939, so you could say he had a pretty good year).

When adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind is still the highest grossing and most successful movie of all time—bigger than Avatar, bigger than Titanic, even bigger than Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel.

The Comment officially gives Gone with the Wind five stars out of five, and recommends it to anyone who frankly gives a damn.

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