Nov 1, 2007

Wiwille's movie reviews part 24.

End opening credits. Film opens with some older Frenchman describing his great life as a bachelor and telling the audience about various types of women. Then as if he were going through a mental breakdown he starts singing about how we should be thankful for little girls.

Yes my friends this is how the writers behind Gigi would like you to think about how turn of the 20th century Parisians thought. Well they may not have been that far off.

Gigi is a young woman who is struggling to cope with the superficial lifestyle in her upper class environment. While her family members are trying to groom her into proper etiquette Gigi is reluctant to embrace the education. Enter longtime family friend Gaston, a pampered playboy of sorts who finds everything in life dull and meaningless. Always in the public eye due to his extreme wealth, Gaston comes to the realization that Gigi may be something more than a good friend.

There really isn't much more to this story as it is simple as it is shallow. The music is equally forgettable; however there is a charm to this film I can't explain. Maybe it's the slight pokes at tabloid culture, the beautiful sets, or the funny supporting cast, but there was a part of this that didn't make me completely bored.

While I do enjoy some musicals I can't believe this is such a highly praised Oscar winner. Fiddler on the Roof this is not, but if you're looking for your fluff piece that requires no thought whatsoever then this film is for you.

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"Gigi is all style, and zilch in the way of substance." - Christopher Null


4 comments:

whatigotsofar said...

That singin' frenchman is right you know. And you know, when I agree with the French, I mean business. This is serious stuff man.

Little girls are the least worst kind of girls. They have yet to mature their evil ways. By the time a girl hits her teenage years, her evilocity begins to overpower her and more importantly, she begins to use her evilness against men.

Rowie said...

You entiely skipped the part where Gigi is essentially being trained to be a courtisan, her "etiquette" lessons are simply put in place to teach her to please a man, and enjoy the gifts that come with it..."cigars and jewelry." While some songs must be fast-forwarded through (Say a Prayer for Me Tonight....ick!) This movie has much more powerful under currents than you give it credit for.

Miss Ash said...

I dig this film....and I think some woman has burned WIGSF so badly that he will never like women again LOL.

whatigotsofar said...

Miss Ash - women, plural, women.