The other day I watched Citizen Kane for the first time.
To say that expectations were high is an understatement. Ever since I was a teenager getting into movies, I have seen Citizen Kane topping numerous lists of 'Best Movies of All Time'.
I didn't necessarily expect to have the same opinion after watching it but I did at least expect to be blown away.
It is indeed a very good film but I didn't understand why it gets such high praise. I didn't get the sense of grandeur one gets when watching other films which usually top these kind of lists like The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Reservoir Dogs or even lesser known films which should be praised more like The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.
In fact, if it was released today, I doubt there would be much hoo-ha about it.
So can anyone explain to me what makes it SO special?
Is it historical context and technical prowess? What am I missing?
Or maybe the Oscars weren't so crazy when they didn't give it best movie of the year?