Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Forgotten Movies: KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS
A few weeks ago, we saw a musical in NY: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, which was a musical version of the old British comedy KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS. It was lots of fun and has gone on to be nominated for a bunch of Tony Awards.
It is the story of an impoverished young man who leans he stands eighth in a line to a earldom and goes on to dispose of those who stand in his way.
Since we had never seen the film, we rented it last week. We were quite disappointed. Perhaps it needed to be seen in its day. Or perhaps seeing the play first was a mistake. The play was very lively and the movie was not. The incessant voice-over was annoying. The play showed the deaths with more clever staging than the movie. Jefferson Mays was amazing in the Alec Guiness role.
I am sure if we saw this film in its day, we would have quite different feeling about it. '
What movie, when you finally saw it, disappointed you.