Mary Poppins Returns
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Ultimate odd couple Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra play charismatic cats in hats and spats on the mean (but very clean) streets of New York.
Conceivably the best picture Sam Goldwyn ever produced.
Guys and Dolls is a bangup filmusical in the topdrawer Goldwyn manner.
A musical fairly glittering with intelligence and invention.
The script is perhaps even better than most of the musical numbers, crackling with the Damon Runyon-style dialogue and with the colour of the stories on which Ben Hecht based his screenplay.
The showtunes are weapons-grade: especially Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat, which never fails to get any audience on its feet. A must.
Joseph L Mankiewicz's adaptation of the Frank Loesser Broadway musical, itself adapted from Damon Runyon stories, looks a treat. The wonder of the film is that it combines widescreen colour and opulence with an earthy, street-level humour.
Brando the singing actor and Sinatra the acting singer make a remarkable pair as sharp-suited gangsters and gamblers, along with their "dolls", Vivian Blaine and the English actress Jean Simmons.
Brando and Sinatra are on top form, but it's Simmons who steals the show.
A proper CinemaScope delight, with fabulous dialogue, wonderful tunes.
An escapist, sing-along joy with a winning edge of grown-up wit, making for a perfect festive season night out for anyone fond of a splash of old-school style.
Brando wasn't producer Sam Goldwyn's first choice as Sky (that was Gene Kelly) but he acquits himself outstandingly.
The opening says it all. Or rather, shows it. A beautifully choreographed piece sets the tone of the film, the city, and the characters. As we follow a watch being stolen numerous times, it shows us the petty crime, and the fun and exuberant dances show us the whimsical nature. Sinatra is great as Nathan Detroit, and Brando shows us a completely new side to himself. Sure, his singing may have been cut and pasted from multiple takes, but cinema is all abut creating illusions. The film may be gentle and obvious, but none can deny the sheer excellence of routines, such as the sewer craps game. Making good use of color, movement, humor, and songs, this is a classically addictive film.
If you don't think Brando has range, you need to see this movie. I love it, the songs are good, the actors are good, the story is interesting, and it's exciting and romantic too. I love it.
Bouncy MGM musical set during the late 1940s detailing the activities of petty criminals and professional gamblers in New York . Nathan Detroit bets that Sky Masterson can't take uptight, ultraconservative Sarah Brown to Havana on a date. Detroit hopes to win $1000 so he can secure a place for his crap game. As with most musicals, the plot is merely an excuse to sing a lot of songs. The enjoyable score includes such classics as "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat", "Luck Be a Lady" and "Fugue for Tinhorns". The cinematography, costumes and Michael Kidd's choreography are marvelous as well. However the film's exalted reputation is overrated. Non-singers Jean Simmons and Marlon Brando are adequate, as is the rest of the cast, but no one is particularly exceptional. Even Frank Sinatra, who was reportedly unhappy with not playing Sky Masterson, gives a rather cheerless performance. The studio bound production is stagy and artificial, unbefitting a story set within the streets of New York City. And the film's bloated 150 minutes will test even the most ardent theater fan. A good adaptation, just not a great one.
A bland musical that has very little personality or originality. Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra were entertaining, but served very little importance. The film has no depth or meaning, resulting in a forgettable experience.
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