Friday, March 4, 2016

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady has the advantage of a few good songs, a Stanley Holloway, the fact that Pygmalion is good, but not much else. George Cukor's direction is very tired here almost embracing the idea of making the film look as stagy as it possibly can. This is unfortunate as there are many films in his past filmography that were set on sound stages but certainly did not look like it. Rex Harrison's singsong style and Leslie Howard impression wear thin very quickly. Audrey Hepburn is rather curious in that her innate charm almost allows her to get away with a terrible performance, only almost though. It's an extremely slow film that loses most of its energy by the second act and comes basically to a halt long before the ending.

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