Monday, February 8, 2016

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

All get the good out of the way Tracy is good, Poitier is good and Roy. E Glenn is good. Cecil Kellaway is okay, and Hepburn is fine most of the time. Now for the bad. Once again Stanley Kramer is not one for subtle messages, but this one is odd in that he's usually quite competent as a visual filmmaker, that's not the case here. This film is rather ugly to say the least, maybe colors just weren't Kramer's strong suit, as the whole thing looks ridiculous and sets look almost bizarrely fake. The performances are pretty atrocious out of the ones I mentioned in that they either feel out of a sitcom or are one overwrought note as though they know they are an important message movie. Almost every bit of dialogue is strange. Everyone is making either grand statements or are given rather cartoonish things to say like when Tracy accidentally drives into someone's car. No one speaks like a normal human being here. It's honestly a pretty terrible film, and might be wholly forgotten if not for Tracy's final speech.

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