My Fair Lady Gives Musicals a Bad Name

     Musicals have always been one of my favorite types of movies. I have always loved singing and other aspects of music, so musicals are always very interesting to me. I can remember watching The Sound of Music for the first time and absolutely falling in love with that film. Oklahoma, Grease, and even Disney films that have songs written into their scripts, are all favorites of mine. That is why I was so surprised to discover, after viewing the 1964 musical, My Fair Lady, which was directed by George Cukor and based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 Pygmalion, that I thought this movie would have been much better without the music.

     I really liked everything about this film, from the actors to the costumes to the scenery. I just felt that the songs were annoying because they were so long. This movie would have been substantially improved and would have held my attention better if the songs had been shorter or even not included in the film at all.

     I did enjoy some of the songs, so completely cutting them out of the film probably would not be the best solution. Taking at least a minute or two off of the redundant lyrics would have made a considerable difference. I mean, how many times did we really need to hear Mr. Doolittle (Stanley Holloway) declare that he's getting married in the morning?

     The actors in this film did do a good job performing these songs, even though the songs were too long. Actually, Mr. Doolittle's character was my favorite character in this musical. He did a great job dancing around the bar and in the streets during his songs. It was not his fault the songs he had to perform dragged on forever.

     This film helped me understand why many people cannot stand musicals at all. If this had been my first experience with a musical, then I would probably have formed a hatred for them as well. I hope that, with a little bit of luck, the musicals I see in the future, will not be as long and drawn-out as this one was.

Regina Clark

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