Funny Girl Reviews
I was watching the trailer of MEET THE FOCKERS and I am very pleasantly delighted to see Barbra Streisand playing a comic role as Ben Stiller's Mum.
I told myself I would borrow THE WAY WE WERE whose theme song was used in the trailer too, to comical effect of course.
Alas, they were out so I made do with this one. Should not be a bad choice since she got an Oscar for this movie.
As I was watching Barbra making funny faces and sounds in the show, I just wondered how did she get away with all the act-cute antics and won the heart of many? Back then in her debut movie, she was already so confident in her performance, either as an actress or a songbird. She doesn't really have the leading lady looks. Her big nose and skinny legs. Also part of her self-depreciative jokes in the movie. However, her talents are sensational to watch.
I think Barbra also inspired Sarah Jessica Parker's performance in SATC. There are many similarities in their mannerisms.
I am not really a big fan of musicals and the story and songs in FUNNY GIRL do not hit me in a big way too. Still, it is a must-see for music fans of Barbra Streisand and I hope MEET THE FOCKERS can be a successful comeback movie for her... and sings the theme song? Nah...
Everything comes easy to her but love-them's the breaks when you're the funny girl. It's heartbreaking to watch as Fanny anticipates the downfall of her marriage even before its happened, a mixture of her own insecurity and some intuition she doesn't want to admit.
I didn't love any of the songs in this but at least they all helped to move the movie along- didn't feel like 3 hours. The ending felt a bit too neat though, I wish it had been more raw/true to life.
The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early-1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfield girl, subsequent career and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.
Entertaining, especially the stage performance scenes. Barbara Streisand absolutely shines during these scenes. Funny, and with some impressive singing too. The remainder is reasonably good and engaging. Does get fairly schmaltzy at times though, and the mid-to-late section is quite dry as it concentrates on the Brice-Arnstein relationship.
As mentioned, Barbara Streisand is great during the live show scenes. She is fine during the other scenes too, especially as there are some musical numbers thrown in every now and again (it is a semi-musical). Streisand won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1969 for her performance (shared with Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter).
Good work too from Omar Sharif as Nick Arnstein.
Hilarious, touching, memorable.
Streisand is a revelation here.
The bloated parts are forgivable bc Babs is that good here - her signature role reprised from the Broadway stage.
Give it a bit too start - after the orchestra opening and beyond the title sequence.
Your patience will be rewarded.
5 out of 5 people...who need people..