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I have loved Carousel since high school when my high school choir teacher had us sing "This Was A Real Nice Clambake". I went out and bought the album(soundtrack) and was carried away by the beautiful score. The movie could never have been a disappointment to me. It was moving and thrilling and schmaltzy, but I cared not, I loved it. I suppose I am just a Rogers and Hammerstein "cockeyed optimist" (like the song says in South Pacific!). Which brings me to another subject that I longed to comment upon and it has to do with young people who do not like musicals, including fine, classic ones like Carousel, but insist upon putting their comments down with all their vast knowledge and experience! The people of the past enjoyed "schmaltz" in their entertainment and were upset when it was NOT included! That is one thing that many young movie-watchers do not understand. It is important, when critiquing, to judge as people of that time would judge, NOT with current comments. That would be hard to do, granted, but one must not let one's prejudices against past ways and styles interfere with one's true vision!The truth is Carousel is a lovely movie musical of the l950s and unforgettable by me "If I Loved"it. And I do!
- Wei-Sun Leong
The lyrics of Carousel are outstanding but I was disappointed with the movie. The success of a story is to have the audience be sympathetic to the protagonists, Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow; but unfortunately, both lack character development to move the story forward, i.e. from a love-struck relationship to a one of understanding that love is conditional that both, especially Billy, be able to provide for each other. Billy never seems to realize this responsibility as he rejects first, the offer of Mr. Snow, then of Mrs. Mullin to (re)gain income other than ones of (gambling and) thievery of which he pays with his life; the fact that he is a grifter and a card sharp already marks him for the fall. It's Billy's exasperating recklessness and lack of good sense that does little to endear him; and when he dies, there is a respite that Julie may find someone who can better reciprocate her affections. Julie too is a perplexing character, who first, never blossoms from her credulous persona to a lady; and second, she fails to challenge Billy in that to win her love, he must also be the man who can provide, not just bluster. The ending is somewhat ironic in that while Billy fumbles in his attempt to console his daughter with fatherly advice it is the Starkeeper in the guise of the town doctor, who in giving the school-graduation speech, inspires the daughter to find the spiritual strength she so needs. Compared to West Side Story's Maria and Tony, whose love begins as infatuation and then matures to unpretentious love, an intimacy that have us empathize with Maria as Tony dies so senselessly it's the lack of such emotional dynamics in the Julie and Billy characters which is wanting in a story of love, misdeed, and redemption.
It has been a year since I have seen this movie, I remember the very first time I watched though. It was beautiful, the set , the music, the way in which it made me want to climb into the 'movie',I did not understand the true meaning then. I was about ten years old, it was not until thirty years later I felt the need to see this 'movie' and I thought I would speak up, I am bored and restless of the same themes, I like them also but John Wayne and Clint Eastwood do not bring lively, (and this movie shows how something special CAN be done) dancing, music and feel good times. Recently, I could not believe my luck, Oklahoma! Picnic and Meet Me in St.Louis were on in the space of a week!! WOW ... Lets keep it up Please
- RG St Peter
From stage to the screen, I agree somewhat with some on the scenery, not that it could be better, I have seen this in the movies when it first came out, the music does make the story, Jones and MacRae singing is beautiful, Today it still gives me a sense of ease, and it bring tears, when a musical can still do that, it is worth more then anything. The future generation doesn't know what they are missing! No one can make, produce, film, or redo-broadway, as the orginals musicals of "yesterday" It takes talent, that is long gone today.
possibly best of all musicals
I agree with Richard Rodgers and this is R&H's best musical. Lacks the maddening-crowd's pleasing sugary story-line. Savor Broadway's finest music and significant dance scenes of Agnes DeMille that are ethereal.
- Jay Higgins
This movie contains everything I hate about these types of musicals. It is was over sentimental, unnaturally colorful, it's overblown with phony art direction and wooden performances. Even the songs aren't that great. It's just too much of everything.