What’s great about this movie is that there are moments where you really laugh out loud (even if you’re alone watching the movie and everyone else in the house is sleeping) it makes you cry and love and hate and even understand suicide, hateful murder, and friendly/mercy killing.
In the movie, Jack Nickolson (playing Randle McMurphy) enters a mental hospital because of his doubtful sanity. The patients’ characters at the mental hospital are impeccable and very diversified. Later on in the movie, we know that some of them are at the Mental Hospital voluntarily and under their own free will. I personally fell in love with one of the characters: Brad Dourif (playing Billy Bibbit) a suicidal young boy who’s traumatized by his mother. Another character that does so little but you will really like with no doubt is Will Sampson (playing Chief Bromden) the calm character who watches, analyzes, helps, and eventually revolts. All the patients are under the supervision of Louise Fletcher (playing Nurse Ratched) who might appear as a nice helpful professional woman – at times, you might even feel some chemistry between her and Randle McMurphy only to figure out later on the exact opposite direction of the movie.
People in leading positions tend to be the most corrupt and psychotic. Perhaps the sacrifice people do for their jobs end up in turning them into cold-hollow-hearted zombies. Nurse Ratched in the movie treats the patients with group psychotherapy, asking them to go back in time to re-experience their disturbances and share their feelings out loud. While psychotherapy may be one of the fundamental processes that help psychologists identify the source of patients’ troubles in order to help them out, this alone doesn’t do all the work and sometimes even worsens patients’ condition. Remembering day in day out one’s misfortunes will only prolong one’s feeling of dis-ease.
McMurphy in the movie takes the patients out for a sailing day in the ocean, he demands the broadcast of the Ball Game at the hospital, and he throws a party in the hospital’s hallway. All that gives the patients some hope and boosts their confidence; suicidal Billy even stops stuttering.
Instead of being hopeful and optimistic, the nurse didn’t like what was going on, and kept on being strict, depressive, and emotionless.
When McMurphy went missing for some time, you could feel the energy gap at the hospital. It’s beautiful how some people’s energies change the whole environment they’re in. Positivity and being active may be the best therapy there is for any kind of mental or physical challenge. On the other hand, Nurse Ratched’s negativity was the reason of the literal death of at least two characters in this movie.
Psychologists, teachers, supervisors, and all people in powerful influential positions cannot be insecure, unhappy, negative, and hopeless. If they have lost hope, they will never help but ruin other’s lives. In this movie at least eight patients could be eventually set free to go live a decent life, the nurse however was impeding their way and pushing them down instead of releasing them.
Such and many similar institutions are founded for helping people but might end up in the death of all their hope, dreams, intellect, and perhaps lives. And so does anything or anyone that tries to stop you, demean you, control you, condemn you, define you, and confine you.
Definitely A Must Watch!