The face of absolute physical and psychological liberation. A paean to the power of pungent will on the waking thought. A celebration of the female pragmatism and male prowess. The sense of an emotion so powerful as to push against the boundaries of its moment. And awkwardly enough, an utterly convincing portrait of romantic happiness. What a gem! The town dance scene left me speechless! God bless America . . .
The sum: ol' rapey jokes absurdly sold as cutesy, set to song and dance. It gets 5 stars for overall ridiculousness. The rowdier numbers & dance-fights are highly entertaining. The rest is an awkward face-palm. Actually, it all is. It's also a battle to not immediately birth twelve kids (you know you want 'em, ladies!) & develop a martyr complex after each viewing. Each frequent viewing.
An entire movie musical told from the perspective of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast - yet too earnest and bombastic to be anything but endearing. A masterpiece of kitsch with one hell of a barn-raisin'.
Donen was very hit and miss when not working with Kelly. This movie is a near miss, saved somewhat by the elaborate dance numbers which are worth seeing. Its by no means a classic, struggles along a bit at times even, so I would only recommend watching after making your way through the real classics from MGM. All in all, just an ok film.
Glorious, energetic and athletic dance numbers aren't enough to salvage what is essentialy a 102 minute celebration of mid-century misoginy in musical form. Honestly, apart from the score and the coreography I can't find anything of value in this film, even the visuals are mediocre at best.
With solid songs & performances this lighthearted and fun musical had just enough emotional weight in the story. And while I hoped for more dancing along with its many songs the barn-raising scenes were spectacular.