This movie fills me with joy. I'm not a Christian, but this film has been a holiday tradition in my family since I was small. We would watch it every year, with the record playing as we decorated the tree, and I still find its magic palpable. Wonderful songs, many of them, and wonderful performances--two fantastic physical performances from Finney and Guinness. All the spirit of the holiday--no religious trappings.
Wildly forgettable songs, sluggish pacing and zero choreography....this is the least musical musical imaginable...still Albert Fiiney is spellbinding and the art direction and photography by Oswald Morris are stellar
Most decidedly not Oliver! (as much as it tries) and more like Lady Bountiful in the usual over-burden of musicals of this period with lavish production values that fall over themselves to impress. It doesn’t have the panache of the earlier Reed/Bart film, despite some effectively realised moments, but with this source material it cannot quite fail.