Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Musical Watch: Guys and Dolls (1955)
Format: Amazon Prime
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
This movie is so kooky. Dancing hoods and a singing Marlon Brando. Big, expensive sets, extravagant costuming, and a cast out of central casting who all seem game.
It's got maybe one of the dopiest stories in a genre that includes @#$%ing Brigadoon, but the off-kilter dialog, the surreal scene-design and catchy numbers (half of which you already know even if you never saw the play or movie) are all very winning.
I like some parts of it more and some parts of it less - I think Sinatra is genuinely funny in the movie. I am not in love with the ear-piercing voice Blaine effects, but find her character endearing. I am deeply jealous of how good Brando looks in a suit. Jean Simmons is, as always, lovely and can act!
But if you're looking for some fluff, it's some quality fluff. And get ready for some dynamic dance sequences there in the sewer sequence.