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.
what a commercial movie? , I think this what the commercial movies in the 50's looked like ... the begining of the film was very encouraging , I felt like I am going into a deep dramatic movie , however as the movie went on it became more and more commercial , shallow and unrealistic ... hoped it would be better .... however we have here two very great performances by two charismatic and expert actors ...
3-3.5. I actually think the expressionistic flourishes are my favorite part of this movie. I love the way Charlie's ship cuts through the sermon as an omen that war will disrupt religion, as well as the divine water falling on the leads' special place following a prayer for God's blessings on their love. Otherwise, it's a likable adventure with a chaotic story behind its making.