Although Barbra Streisand’s performance prevents you from connecting with any other character, it is what makes the movie so enjoyable. Regardless her acting outshining any aspect of the movie - or maybe preventing us from seeing that they weren’t really notable to begin with - it was enough to build an engaging musical, as well as to introduce an amazing artist.
Barbra Streisand owns the role - perhaps she owns it too much and too well. It is less about Fanny Brice than Barbra, the star she was herself. Her stellar performance on the Broadway stage must have felt great to the audience, but William Wyler seems to painstakingly find some sort of balance as she overshadows everybody else. But what a voice! Great performance, but just a good film.
2-3. Barbra Streisand really does deliver a fun, vivacious performance in her role as Fanny Brice. And the film has dynamic cinematography, as well as some neat postmodern flourishes (using music to stitch elliptical editing together is a great idea). But it's really hard to talk about just how little conflict is happening in this movie, as well as the issues with the central love story.
Good photography accompanied by remarquably dynamic filmmaking with creative camera work in a genre where the movement of the camera is often laboured. The script is somewhat unconvincing,but the scenes work in a way that makes you want to see the next. Ultimately pleasant.
I knew nothing of this film, and it came as a treat. Musicals are always indulgent (like opera), and I'm happy to wallow. Sharif and Streisand are really very good, lip syncing and some weak lyrics ('I am man') aside, but what I find truly remarkable is Wyler: a former director of silent cinema pushing 70, yet 'Funny Girl' has touches of Godard with 'Une femme est une femme' clearly an influence.
Barbara Streisand's performance is stupendous, especially the different colors of her voice and the timing of her singing. Although the last part after the intermission gets weaker there are plenty of memorable sequences in the film. Two of my favorites are the roller-skate scene and the parody of Tchaikovskys "Swan Lake".
nearly perfect first half, full of laughs and an empowering, aspirational storyline that doesn't take itself too seriously. then the intermission comes and it starts taking itself very seriously. which is fine because it does have a few effective emotional moments, but it also tends to drag in comparison to the breakneck pacing of the first half... probably streisand's best performance. Wyler is on point as well
Big budget, Hollywood Studio fim-making at it's finest. Barbara is incredible, the music is fantastic, the sets and costumes are gorgeous. It's such a joy to watch and doesn't hold back from deep emotional resonance. The ending is unforgettable. Moving, heartbreaking, remarkable.