SPANKY: The Netflix rejuvenated version is great. And the plot holds up well.
JOHN: I first saw this as a kid with an audience in a small town theater who lived through the silent film days. I was struck by the exaggerated poses and facial gestures of Gloria Swanson. Now (though I still remembered some of the lines) I paid more attention to the story and how it fits movies and writing today.
SPANKY: Before we get that wisdom, didn’t you think the ending stunning. She is before the cameras—granted it is the news-media cameras—but she has come full circle.
JOHN: Haven’t we also come full circle. Longing for movies like this instead of pre-teen chase epics. Here is substance. But each generation has its needs and mine, like Gloria Swanson’ before me, has passed.
SPANKY: Television supposedly replaced movies, then cable replaced networks and now… Now we get movies for all ages and appeals over the internet. I don’t know that this forces one generation to understand the next (it is more, indulgingyourself in the familiar). But you want substance, John, and I want dog food. And those, Gloria, are words that don’t make any more sense than talkies.
SPANKY: 4 Barks out of 4
JOHN: 4 GOs out of 4