Perhaps my favorite movie. Saw this on 35mm this Sunday and, don't know if it was just the film or the Holiday Season or the aftermath of what happened in Newton Conn. this Friday, but by the end half the audience was weeping like I'ver never heard an audience cry before.
It baffles me that there are only negative comments about this film on this page. This was truly one of the greatest movies I've ever seen both in it's sentimentality and its technical marvels. I find it odd that whenever a movie about a functional family is made people seem to back off as if there's something wrong with it. This is a fantastic film about a family that happens to be functional. I highly suggest it.
"The Trolley Song" "The Boy Next Door" and the immortal "Have Yourself A Merry LIttle Christmas are gloires of the screen, magnificently performed by Judy Garland. Otherwise, this film is pure useless drivel about a bunch of midwestern idiots, including that little brat Tootie, the vilest child character who didn't die a painful onscreen death.
"I can honestly say that as much as I love Judy Garland in it, it's the whole Vincente Minelli pleasing package. This version of America that I don't know I know if I ever quite bought, but it's very pleasant, this telling of it. The songs are terrific, it could not look better and it's just, it's just damn entertaining" -Quentin Tarantino on Meet Me in St Louis, summarizing my thoughts perfectly on the film.
Lo mejor del filme es sobre la majestuosidad de su diseño artístico. Es lo único que sobrepasa la presencia de Garland. A esto le sigue la forma en cómo se construye la fantasía de un pueblo apartado de la gran ciudad. Es una oda que de hecho tiene una especie de mensaje oculto sobre el rescate o revaloración a los espacios no urbano. Un momento en especial. El día de Halloween y el mensaje sobre la veta a las bromas
Framed pictures — prolonged, perfect moments enveloping the vivid glow of the past, but also darkness and several mementos mori. Constant, romantic reference to constricted reality — that which we choose to see or remember: cross transitions from frozen to moving images, Garland through windows and doorways, the ghostly stains of dismantled pictures on the wall towards the end... And that SUBLIME halloween sequence.