‘Casablanca’ Is a Boringly Riveting Classic

As someone who LOVES movies, I am a fan of watching films that are bona fide classics. There are really good movies that aren’t recognized for their greatness but are absolutely fantastic and then there are those films that every movie lover should watch. Casablanca is one of those must-watch movies that I was dying to see and when I finally got to see it, well, you could say I was disappointed.

I don’t watch old films often because they’re just that, old. Women are treated as damsels in distress and people of color aren’t depicted in the greatest light either. The heroes of the stories are always white males and with Hollywood becoming more diverse than ever these stories aren’t as fun to watch anymore.

Now I can say there are four old movies that I truly enjoy watching; The Wizard of OzImitation of LifePyscho, and An American in Paris. Those four movies are absolute gold to me and I was hoping Casablanca would join their ranks. Unfortunately, it didn’t.


Casablanca is a story about a man named Rick who owns a club in Morocco at the height of World War II. Days go along like normal and everything seems fine until a woman from Rick’s pasts arrives back in his life and everything is practically flipped upside down for Rick.

The thing I did truly appreciate and legitimately enjoy about the movie was the writing. It won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and it totally deserved it. The dialogue between the characters was riveting and main character Rick Blaine was a fascinatingly complex character.

At one point, you think he’s this cold character who only does things if it’ll better himself, then we find out he’s the way that he is because he lost the love of his life and his heart was basically broken, but the moment that stuck out to me the most was a certain scene in the movie between him and a young woman.


The young woman comes to Rick to tell him about her newlywed husband who’s gambling at one of the tables. She tells Rick that she and her husband are broke and that they want to escape to America but don’t have the funds to buy the expensive Visa’s to make their dreams come true.

Rick could’ve easily told her to skedaddle and continue to go about his business but in his core, he’s a very good person. He goes to the table that her husband is playing at, whispers to him the winning numbers, and the young woman’s husband ends up winning thousands of dollars.

That scene may have seemed pointless but it revealed so much about Rick’s character in an instant. Honestly, the film had its bright points and I was utterly riveted by Rick’s character but what killed the movie for me was Rick’s old flame, Ilsa Lund.


In a day and age when you have female characters as awesome as Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel or as complex as Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine in Blue Jasmine, Casablanca‘s Ilsa Lund is almost painful to watch.

She redefines the title damsel in distress in a terribly unappealing way. Through the film, it feels like every other scene involves her crying and at one point it finally seems like she may change her damsel-in-distress narrative and become a strong woman when she draws a gun on Rick but it turns out to be a ploy and instead of shooting him she just begins crying again and telling her how much she loves him (even though she’s married.) *rolling my eyes*

Honestly, I wanted to love this movie but because of her the movie became less and less enticing and by the end of the film, I was glad it was over.

My Conclusion of the Film


Casablanca is a classic, it’s considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, and yes, it is very well-written and composed, but it’s just not my cup of joe.

I’m giving this movie 93 out of a 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. I’m sure this score is confusing, considering that I just harangued the movie for its quality, but at the end of the day it’s still a really good movie and I can’t ignore that. I’m just, personally, not a fan but it is very good.

I’m glad to say I’ve finally seen it and I’m glad I did watch it but I will also gladly announce that I will never watch this movie again. 🙂

How do you feel about Casablanca? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have an outstanding day.

3 thoughts on “‘Casablanca’ Is a Boringly Riveting Classic”

  1. I adore Casablanca. It’s in my top three movies.

    Personally, I really like Ilsa and I see her as someone who was put in impossible situations time and time again and was forced to go along with things that she didn’t want to go along with. I do get why she’s problematic for modern audiences, like the moment you mentioned when she breaks down instead of shooting Rick. Or when Rick decides for her. But she’s still a great heroine, IMO.

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE the whole thing with the young couple that Rick helps. *sniffles*

    And you’re right about the dialogue!!!

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