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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review| My Fair Lady. By George, it's got it

This romantic comedy breaks all boundaries when it comes to the predictable notions of the genre. No kissing, no nudity, no sex and no pronouncements of love. My Fair Lady is a fresh, light hearted rom-com musical.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Jeremy Brett and Gladys Cooper
Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Release Year: 1964
Rating out of 5: 5
 
Set in 1912, it focuses on the arrogant phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Harrison) who decides to improve a flower girl (Hepburn) Cockney accent. From lower class to upper class, Hepburn’s character determination and will proved to be the drive behind the film.

Although Hepburn did not sing most of her characters songs, the gifted Marni Nixon did, she was perfect for the role of Eliza Doolittle. Miss ‘take no prisoners’ Doolittle showed girl power when dealing with Higgins.

Harrison’s character provided a love/hate relationship with both Doolittle and us, the audience. The over confident professor and his feelings towards Doolittle develops as he realises he has "grown accustomed to her face", providing a new approach to this normally so predictable love genre.

Jeremy Brett, known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, and Gladys Cooper proved to be flawless choices as supporting roles. Brett plays Doolittle’s love interest Freddy Eynsford-Hill, an upper class man, and Cooper who plays Harrison’s mother, Mrs Higgins.

The only criticism is that it is two hours and 50 minutes long, but the characters developments and the catchy songs makes this film a feel good and classic film, perfect for all musical lovers.

Winning eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, people definitely will be dancing all night once they have seen one of the all-time best movie musicals.

Theatrical trailer:

Until next time x

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