Simply faultless. Bringing Up Baby has been at the top of my Desert Island Movies list for as long as I can remember because of its charming, care free and fun nature. Hepburn and Grant together are a force to be reckoned with and the fact that anyone would suggest this film is 'too silly' simply baffles me. Plus can we just acknowledge how hot Cary Grant looks in a fluffy dressing gown pls? Were all thinking it...
Remember switching on the tv as a teenager to accidentally catch the second half of this film and will never forget how transfixed I was at the chaotic energy, the humour and the sophisticated sexual sparks - it opened up a whole new world of cinema I had never encountered. Issues with the remorseless frenetic energy and lack of tonal balance aside, I will always treasure this as an experience of sweet sweet anarchy.
I think the comic set pieces are abjectly constructed very well, but I can't really say I feel any kind of personal emotional connection to this one. I think Hepburn and Grant both do fine jobs, though it's hard to say I think their characters make a working couple. One of the more interesting facets is that this film appears to be the proving ground for the 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' archetype/dynamic.
Pauline Kael once wrote that this film was the closest that screwball comedy got to a Restoration comedy, but with all its absurdly delightful zaniness and fast-paced nonsensical thrills, Bringing Up Baby also deserves to be described as the most Seussian of all American comedies. It also doesn't hurt that Katherine Hepburn gives one of her all-time best performances in this film as Susan Vance.
Une époustouflante comédie américaine, où les situations burlesques s'enchaînent et se déchaînent avec un naturel confondant et une simplicité consternante, entretenues par quelques savoureux gags qui à défaut d'être forcément originaux, ont l'incontestable mérite de se présenter avec une rigoureuse pertinence et une confondante évidence. www.cinefiches.com