I count many film versions of musicals to be among my favorite films. I’ve never seen a stage production of The King and I, but I absolutely love the film as well as the music. The film versions of Oklahoma!, Carousel, and the Sound of Music are also well loved.
So, I rented the DVD of My Fair Lady this week. My God, this is a long film. I’ve got no problem with long films, The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, and Schindler’s List are 3 long movies I absolutely adore.
My Fair Lady was disappointing, starting with Audrey Hepburn. I know most of the singing was dubbed, but I kept thinking, this is Audrey Hepburn? I found the story boring, neither Professor Higgins nor Eliza Doolittle to be interesting characters.
Is the stage version as boring as the movie? Maybe it’s just my bias toward Rodgers and Hammerstein, but I’m not singing any songs from My Fair Lady one hour after finishing the film.
I kept the DVD for an extra day, I’m giving it another shot tomorrow until I mail it back to Netflix. Think it will improve upon a second viewing?