Hello, Ms. Streisand!

Title: Hello, Dolly!

Release Date: 1969

Director: Gene Kelly

Actors: Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew, Danny Lockin.

Genre: Musical

Hello, Dolly! Is based on the Broadway show of the same name, which opened in 1964. The film was directed by famous actor, dancer, singer, and director Gene Kelly, who is most known for his famous lead role in Singin’ In The Rain.

Hello, Dolly! Is a fun-filled, romantic comedy musical that includes the talents of Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau, and Michael Crawford, bringing to film this incredible story. This story takes place in 1890’s New York City. Dolly Levi (Streisand) is a widowed socialite-turned-matchmaker who is seeking the attention of her newest client Horace Vandergelder (Matthau) while helping his young shop employees Cornelius Hackl (Crawford) and Barnaby Tucker (Lockin) find love in New York City. This movie has wonderfully talented actors who make the story come alive. First, Barbara Streisand gives a legendary performance of the comedic and slightly bossy character of Dolly Levi in this film. Second, Walter Matthau does a fantastic job as the uptight shopkeeper Horace Vadergelder; it was both hard to like and dislike him. Finally, his two employees Cornelius and Barnaby, are played well by Michael Crawford and Danny Lockin. As a dancer and Gene Kelly fan, I was very much looking forward to watching the choreography, and boy, was it entertaining.

The cinematography and camera work seemed very straightforward and easy to follow. There was no awkwardness in cuts and transitions. The cinematography flowed well together. The tone was engaging; it was mostly happy and upbeat, except for the uptight Mr. Vandergelder. The songs about love, parades, and dressing your best made this musical extremely fun. The music and sound were enjoyable. The cameo of Louis Armstrong was exciting in the restaurant scene. It was fascinating to hear Michael Crawford singing. To some, his singing voice may not quite fit for some musicals, but for this movie and his character, it was just what the doctor ordered. And of course, Barbara Streisand’s voice is amazing and one you cannot go wrong with. The music throughout was very vibrant and upbeat. Each actor was perfect for the role they were cast as. There were moments when the dialogue was a little hard to follow, but captions could help with that. One might think this is because at times Dolly Levi talks fast, and that is just a part of her character, which Streisand does well at. Walter Matthau blends into his role as Horace Vandergelder, showing how his character does not like Dolly, or anyone for that matter, to meddle in his affairs when it comes to marriage. Michael Crawford and Danny Lockin bring to life the naivety in their characters. Barnaby and Cornelius, who are nineteen and twenty-eight and three quarters, have never traveled outside of Yonkers and never kissed a girl.

The costumes are well made and very close to the clothing style of the time period. When looking at the costumes, one might pay more attention to the hats worn by the women. Each hat was created differently for each female character. The decorations of feathers and ribbons were marvelous and intricately designed to fit its corresponding outfit. As someone who is very much interested in the fashion of different time periods, the clothing was fascinating and well made for the film. It was hard to tell whether some scenes were recorded on a set or on location. The set design was very fitting and appropriate for the time period. The editing was well done. One part that was interesting was in the beginning when we first see New York City and the people seemingly roaming around. It is a still picture that changes into different colors. The first time we see the picture, it looks normal, then it turns to a gold/brown color, then it turns blue, then it goes back to normal. Then, from the top, right-hand corner, a half-circle appears and becomes bigger and bigger, and the picture begins to move.

This musical is a fun-filled, romantic comedy that includes some excellent acting, singing, and dancing. This movie is wonderful to sit down and watch with the family. If you enjoy classic musicals, then this is the film for you.

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