Thursday, December 29, 2011

Auntie Mame

In most movies, the characters that are full of life are usually the supporting roles. Not that common with lead characters.

Well, except Rosalind Russell's Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame. She has more life in one finger than most people do in their whole bodies. Who wouldn't want to meet a person like Mame?

Of course, the fun doesn't last for very long, what with becoming the guardian of her nephew. Sure, she manages to squeeze in time for herself, but all of her attention is focused on him. (Okay, so her first of schooling for him wasn't the greatest, but you can't blame her for trying.)

You've got to admire the fact that Mame is trying her best. Most people in her situation would've given up. Not Mame. With all that life in her, she has to prove her status in the working society.

Auntie Mame is a really entertaining movie. Yes, it gets silly in some parts, but that's what makes it more fun. The gowns by Orry-Kelly are just gorgeous, and Russell's performance is still lively even after all these years. (The movie also shows a great way to get rid of pesky future in-laws.)

My Rating: ****1/2

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