Casablanca (1942) Review

“Here’s looking at you kid”

A cynical American Rick Blaine is faced with the choice of helping his former lover Isla Lund and her husband Victor Laszlo escape French Morocco.


Always near the top of greatest ever movie lists, and it is near the top of my favorites list. It really is as fantastic as everyone gives it credit for. Fantastic acting, great storyline with many twists and turns which could keep you guessing throughout the movie. Although I am sure almost everyone has seen the famous airport ending scene. As I had actually seen that part before I had seen the full movie. You may think that would spoil the movie, but nothing can really spoil Casablanca it really is a classic and just has a WOW factor. Which makes you just love it so much.

Rick (Humphrey Bogart) is a very complex character as he has been through a lot and has many levels. We see part of the reason he is the way that he is because of yes you guessed it a woman, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). Who he fell in love with in Paris but as they were going to level together she did not turn up at the train station and sent a note instead.

So Rick leaves Paris  and heads to Casablanca. He opens a bar/club and it seems to be very popular. Until “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine. ” – such a classic and well known line as well. He thought he would never see her again and vice versa. Sam the piano player/singer notices her first, as he came from Paris with Rick.

I just think Humphrey Bogart is just fantastic in this movie, he has such an incredible presence, back when the man wanted to take the in charge role he has that type of thing about him. Or more men seemed to take that role. He pretty much nominated Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa into doing what he wanted her to do, even if deep down he wanted to leave on the plane with her. He had her convinced that he was going to leave with her and who wouldn’t be convinced with the way he told her? I would have been devastated if someone done that to me.

The finale, airport scene has to be one of the most famous in the history of cinema moments. When the audience thinks that they are both going to leave together and live happily ever after. But no that does not happen, Rick allows Victor to go with his wife despite being wanted by the police. “We’ll always have Paris” – I love that line as its Rick’s way of saying that while we will never actually be together we will have memories of when we were together and that will live forever. Finishes it with the immortal lines of “here’s looking at you kid” which he said to her all the time during Paris and when they talk in Casablanca.

I think its sad but still nice at the same time, as he does not want to put her in any danger and wants her to be happy even if it without him. I would definatly call it a bitter sweet ending. As part of you really wants to see them together and be happy together. But that was just not the way it was supposed to be in Casablanca.

8 thoughts on “Casablanca (1942) Review

  1. You have stumbled upon one of my all time favourite films. What makes it so special is that it came from nowhere. It was just another studio film made on the back lot with no location photography, even the plane at the end is a cardboard cut-out. No one set out to make a great film it just turned out that way.


  2. ahhh.. Casablanca. of all the movies in all the world with place names in the title… this has to be the best. although The Streets Of San Francisco must be the best TV show with a place in the title…


  3. […] Julie Andrews is outstanding in this one and it is one of the greatest musicals of all time. I grew up watching this film over and over again, I still love it to this day. It’s certainly one of those films that I am shocked to find out someone hasn’t watched it. I honestly just assumed everyone watched it growing up, especially when it is always on TV over Christmas and well any other bank holiday! Singing nuns certainly work as we found out, but the messages in the story are rather inspiring as well. Casablanca (Review) […]


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