Hello, Dolly – *(*)

Posted: December 27, 2015 in 1969, Musical, USA, X1/2

The dance sequences are in general quite entertaining to look at. Some songs pass the test too. (surprise: it’s Hello, Dolly and not Hello, Darling!!!) The set design is lavish and the costumes are very colorful. But those lyrics are dated. And the storyline as well.

Dolly is a 19th century matchmaker who sets up an encounter between a grumpy old man and a younger lady. However, she really wants the man for herself and makes sure the encounter doesn’t go as planned. It’s a mystery why this independent woman (performed by Barbara Streisand – who has zero charm) wants the cynical sexist man (Walter Matthau – who has no charm either), but it’s a standard set up for those times.

But nobody watches this for the storyline or the acting. They just watch it  because they want an evening of old fashioned kitsch.


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