Casablanca was probably a wonderful place to visit during one of the world’s worse crises. I feel what makes this film so iconic and special is its simplicity. The story is very straight to the point and doesn’t get all mushy as we watch one amazing love story unravel strand by strand. It is kinda funny to see how personal connections is amplified here, much like it is today. If you want something you don’t have but know someone who has it, then sometimes it’s possible to get it. This story is about romance and doing the right thing at the wrong time. It walks a fine line between both because our leading man Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is a man’s man and is not supposed to have a crack in his armor. The gorgeous Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) has melted his heart and will use this to make sure she ends up happy. Casablanca is a true classic not because of the Oscars or critical success, but because the story and writing just showcase that during a dark hour there was some brightness. 9/10