Desiring a Sequel

     Marlon Brandon is one of the greatest actors to ever grace the screen in my opinion. One of his more well-known and respected roles is in Elia Kazan's 1951 A Streetcar Named Desire, based on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play. After having seen it, I can see why. He was phenomenal in that film. In fact, I liked him so much that I strongly feel he should not have been treated as he was.

     His wife, Stella (Kim Hunter), tells him that her sister, Blanche (Vivien Leigh) is going to visit for a while. That is fine. She ends up staying forever. That is not fine. On top of this, she is a raging psychotic lunatic. She has some serious issues that he should not have to deal with because they are not his problem. She comes to his house and expects to be treated like a princess?! And on top of that, his wife is defending her.

     I will admit his character is far from perfect. The guy hit his wife, and he is a rapist. These are big character flaws, but all things considered... the women in this movie are just evil. He would be much better off without them. As I sat and watched, I started to hope that maybe the story would change itself and Blanche would die.... but no such luck.

     Brando's Stanley was fine before she came along. I am sorry; but, if people come to my house and complain about the conditions because the conditions do not meet their standards and they expect to be treated like royalty, then they are going to get thrown out on the street... end of story.

     So with all that said, Marlon Brando is the best thing about that movie. Do not get me wrong; I liked the film. It was good. It is just that his character more or less got the shaft. Stella should have stayed with him in the end, as she does in the original play. So I am waiting for the sequel...

Jakob Bilinski

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