Funny Face Reviews
Stanley Donen has already gracefully won my heart with his brilliant collaborator Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain. I wanted to give Funny Face a watch because I am interested in exploring this director's works especially ones that are connected to musicals or have dance numbers as he always seems to win me over in that department.
Funny Face indeed is charming and entertaining in the musical department, but as a whole film with a story and a set of characters, it fails to excite me. The film revolves around a tale of discovery and the battle between glamor and intelligence. I probably would have forgo the film's lack of sophistication, if it delivers unique characters and relationships that are interesting to follow; everything in this film, aside from its dazzling visuals and musical cues, are all too familiar and executes them in such a way that only serves to elevate the musical performances.
Audrey Hepburn is as dazzlingly charming and beautiful as always, but this is far from her most complicated role. The actress seems to be breezing through the film, putting effort only to the choreographic sequences; which on its own is amazing. Fred Astaire is very popular actor and performer, and sadly this would mark as the only film I have yet seen from him. I had a pleasurable feeling of watching sing and dance but as an actor, I wasn't convinced; I think I need to see more of his work to appreciate his talent as an actor.
Funny Face is flawed, but only to a certain point, and many of the film's positive qualities remain memorable and charming. Donen clearly has a knack for these types of films; it is just too bad that the material given to him lacked ambition and complexity.
There's not enough connection with Fred Astaire to say it's a love movie. In addition, there was a blooper at the beginning of the film, where Audrey is at the library and looking at the mirror you can see a man upstairs (filming camera men). They didn't watch the angles for correct shooting.