Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Today is Cesar Chavez Day!  Chavez worked hard to promote fair conditions for workers and was famous for organizing a grape strike.  So today, we're watching The Grapes of Wrath to see just how bad things were for migrant workers back then.

The film starts off with Tom Joad returning from prison to find his family home foreclosed on.  In our neighborhood the HOA is trying to foreclose on everybody so I know that it's hard.  However, I don't trust Tom because he killed a man with a shovel.  There is no way you can accidentally kill someone with a shovel.

Tom and his family, all 12 of them, pile onto an old car and head to California.  They find jobs as fruit pickers but the conditions are so horrible.  One thing I don't understand is why does Tom give his name to everyone when they sign up to work.  Tom's on probation and can't cross state lines.  So there's twelve other people who can sign the paperwork!! There's no computers, no facebook, no way for the police to track him at all, except for the paper trail that he himself is creating! He is stupid!

Yes, the cops are corrupt and the corporations are corrupt and hard working people are broke, but that is no different from today.  Yet, Tom once again kills someone with a shovel! Fool needs to be in jail!  Tom leaves his family and wanders off so they won't get in trouble for harboring him. 

This movie shows that even though things were really bad back then, we still have a long way to go. I will give this film an 8/10.

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