Review at Next Projection: http://nextprojection.com/2015/08/05/dreaming-technicolor-african-queen/
70/100 - Though a uniquely spectacular film at the time, The African Queen has unfortunately aged very poorly. The setting and adventure appears rather inauthentic by today’s standards, turning the film’s original eau de vivre into a perfunctory gimmick for the purposes of conveying a generic romance story.
Two legends onboard a small boat is enough to create magic. A John Huston adventure always shines above the rest because of its gravitas, an inherent solemnity that here is conveyed through Bogart and Hepburn.
Not even Humphrey Bogart can manage to scream "hip hip hurray!" without looking lame as f**k, but overall, I think it's a great film about two people losing their minds as a consequence of the war and the hostility of the nature surrounding them. If you liked "Aguirre, the wrath of God", you'll probably enjoy this one too.
It was okay I guess, but the romance felt really forced. I mean, the mantra of film is supposed to be to show, not tell. But the only way this movie tries to establish a romance is to just have the characters talk about how much they love each other. Throw in a few "dears" and "sweethearts" and apparently, that's all you need. It felt flat.
The script is quite good at times, though often shameless, and somewhat meandering after Charlie and Rosie express their love for each other. Everything after that seems redundant, and shamelessly irreverent. Even the subtext of lonely people looking for love in a time of war in a wild place fell short in overcoming some of the contrived-ness here.
Anche i film di Houston possono invecchiare male.
Bogart vinse il suo oscar con questa interpretazione che ne mette in luce le abilità comico/grottesche ma la vicenda e le musiche non sono all'altezza delle migliori opere del regista. Geniale la resa della Hepurn. Il vero interesse è il modo in cui viene raccontato il rapporto dei protagonisti (bianchi) e l'Africa (in particolare la sequenza "al termine del canneto")
There are parts of this film that have not exactly aged well, particularly the melodrama, visual effects, and the overall "old Hollywood" feel. However, the central characters are really what make this film a joy to watch. Expertly played by Bogart and Hepburn, it's a treat to watch these characters develop and interact with each other.