Monday, March 22, 2004

Gigi (1958)

Lerner and Loewe were an interesting pair. They gave us the comedic My Fair Lady, the tragic Camelot, the very boring Brigadoon, and the I-have-never-seen-it Paint Your Wagon, which were very balanced musically. The first two were amazing, the second two were horrendous. So I was interested to see which category this fell into. Well, it was pretty evenly balanced - right in between. We've got mostly very mediocre songs like "The Night They Invented Champagne" and then suddenly we've got a sweet, funny, romantic song like "I Remember It Well." The actual story dragged out forever, and none of the characters really hit me as being intriguing, or really even vaguely interesting. However, this notice does bring one to ask - what IS it about Lerner and Loewe movies that their leading men simply talk their songs? There are some loely melodies - so why aren't they used? Argh. 3 stars.

Deathtrap (1982)

Wow. Not quite as wow-inducing as Sleuth, but This is one of the very few movies where I had no inkling of the major plot twist. I mean none at all. And then it just kept surprising me. As far as mind-bending "who's good, who's bad" movies, this one definitely makes the top five! 4 stars.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Plot: Two hapless frieght handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Um....I can't believe I got this out of the library. I mean, Abbott and Costello movies aren't exactly profound...but I have to admit, I enjoyed most of it. Whenever there was actual plot, it got boring, but as long as it was just silly rambling, it was definitely fun. ("What's in there?" "Broom closet.") 2.5 stars.

Father Goose (1964)

As far as romantic comedies go, this one is pretty ruling. True, I really don't like Leslie Caron, but she managed to be quite fun and a very intriguing character. The Cary Grant character was also awesome. He just threw out these one-liners one after the other. I also didn't find the children too irritating - that's definitely a plus. I wouldn't mind seeing this one again someday. 3.5 stars.