“I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.”
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has been lifted up as a story of one man standing up against the establishment, leading a group of oppressed mental patients to freedom. Mine may be an unpopular opinion, but I don’t see it that way. Directed by Milos Forman (Amadeus, Hair) and starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, this film swept the Oscars in 1975, becoming the second film in history to win the big five: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. It’s a product of the cultural revolution of the 60s, which had become mainstream in the 70s, and I see it in relation to that era as Fight Club was to the 90s: a blatant rejection of the previous generation’s culture that seems heroic, but ultimately proves to be misguided and damaging.