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A Film to See Once
I think this is a film everyone should see once (and then never have to see it again). I did find the sets and costumes to be lovely, and most of the musical numbers were entertaining. I also found myself surprisingly noticing Streisand's hands and how beautiful and graceful they were. That turned out to be my favorite part of the movie - watching for Streisand's hands and hoping she wouldn't be wearing gloves.
Clash of the Movie Stars
- keith abney
Babs and Walter did not get along during the filming of this super-sized dinosaur and it shows. Their scenes together look a little clumsy, slightly forced and only mildly entertaining. In fact I found the whole movie only mildly entertaining, stumbling along from O.K. to dreadful. I think the supporting cast is over-acting, mainly Barnaby and Minnie. I just found it hard to care for anybody in this picture even when they're surrounded by million dollar sets and 10,000 extras. Big, bright and brassy. Over-stuffed to the breaking point. All fluff and no heart in this box-office clunker. Well there is Barbras voice which sounds great as usual, but she's so young she looks like Mathaus grandaughter.
I have seen this movie many times. It has its charms but the casting is often faulted and rightly so. The problem with the cast is that Barbara Streisand is channeling Mae West and Walter Matthau is channeling WC. Fields and it does not work. In their scenes together she is just to over the top, and he comes across as a mean, crabby boss. Now in the scenes where they are not together their performances are fine but strained. Walter Matthau was not the right choice for the part. Michael Crawford is good, as another commentator noted he does seem to remind me of a British Dick Van Dyke. In fact the scenes with the two young couples are fun and lively. Barbara sings great as always but she is way too young for this part. She and Walter have absolutely no chemistry. In fact every scene together is a drag. Splashy film, big cast, some fun. But if you want to see a musical with the young Barbara see Funny Girl.
Very fun and beautiful to watch. Sound also great. BLU-RAY looks even better!!!. 04/23/2013
Does anyone notice the similarities?
- Colleen Sullivan
This is driving me crazy tonight! My 1st favorite movie was Mary Poppins. I LOVE Dick Van Dyke and 1st fell in love with him when I was a little girl and saw that movie. I haven't seen this version of Hello, Dolly! in years and love Barbra Streisand in this version. ANYHOW the dance sequence with Barnaby in Hello Dolly! and Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins seems almost 100% similar. Does anyone else make this connection? And, if so, does anyone have comparison info?
- Dashiell B.
An extravagant musical based on the Broadway smash. Matthau & Steisand, the latter in a Golden Globe-nominated performance, have animosity instead of affection & Dolly's not an easy woman to sympathize with. However, the film won Oscars for it's production design, sound & score, with the addition of costumes & Kelly's direction, bring the adaptation to life. Visually entertaining with memorable tunes. I give it a 3.5/5.
Fully alive flick
Dolly rocks from start to finish. This fully alive and engaging film delivers laughs, pathos, musical delight and frolicsome fun throughout. Streisand at the top of her game. Don't miss this thoroughly engaging film.