South Pacific Reviews
Old Hollywood musical which mildly tackles racism.
No-one seems to be in control so that the message is for the most part lost. Too stagey (just look at the last scene!) Highlights are the musical numbers and the setting. Otherwise, forgettable.
Not one character really gains our sympathy. Bloody Mary's match-making of her pubescent daughter is hard to accept. Emile has killed a man for obscure reasons. Cable and Nellie's redemption from their racist attitudes is hardly convincing.
Btw, why is it Cable who sings You've Got To Be Carefully Taught? It would have been correct at that stage for Emile to sing it, as the person who has been most affected by racism. Cable's change of heart happened without any exposition at all (I realise it's a musical!)
Mitzi is a lovely and creative nurse, Ray Walston is a soldier who wants to escape for recreation and ends up on a diversion during a secret mission and there are soldiers, nurses, villagers, islanders in this ensemble based on the play that is based on a book.
Ray has two jarring scenes during a musical number but most of the musicals, if dated, have a charm about them but especially the ones featuring Mitzi on her own or with a partner(s). It could be said that this is a story about love and war, how love may survive or become a casualty of war (as we see when the spurned but faithful lover of a soldier comes to the nurse to ask about him -
the soldier having died on a mission).
A lovely, heart warming, heart breaking story. 10/10.
- Stew Pot's voice is crazy low!
- The color changes are weird, and they use it WAY too much!
- Some of the songs are slow, and I don't really enjoy them as much.
- Emile is handsome, I used to not think so. I used to think he was old, and I liked Joe better, but Joe is kind of scrawny. Emile seems like he would be a passionate lover. Guess my taste in men has changed.
- This is the first time I've understood the storyline!
- I think Joe's singing voice is dubbed. It is too different from his talking voice.
- The Happy Talk song makes me laugh! The hand gestures are silly.
- Joe bugs me! He is engaged to a girl in PA, and he totally forgets about her! He is also racist! He thinks he can just make out and who knows what else with this Polynesian girl, but he hate the idea of marrying her and having children with her! Racist player!!
- Honey Bun is my favorite song in this movie! I laugh hysterically every time!
- This movie has it's moments, but overall it is kind of tedious and boring.
The was a thin story line of Head Nurse falling for a french man on a island of the South Pacific and his input against the Japs to aid the war.
I found the film enjoyable but not really meaningful with over long songs that could have been more plot, a fun splashy musical.