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On tv because there’s a sequel in the theatre: that other Julie Andrews blockbuster from the sixties.

It’s amazing how much you remember from a movie that you loved as a kid, but haven’t seen in about 35 years or so. And it’s even more amazing how you can still smile with your favorite moments (the I Love To Laugh scene, Michael’s constant stare of amazement, the penguins, …) and how you want to fast forward those scenes that are boring and annoying (all the moments in the bank… )

Re-watching it in 2018 as adult is a challenge. There is just too much music. And the songs are repetitive and terrible. Then there’s Dick Van Dyke, known to be the American actor speaking with the worst British accent ever. As a child, Bert comes across as this fun guy Mary Poppins hangs around with. As an adult, he is annoying as hell. Sure, he tries to ‘honor’ Gene Kelly’s comedic dancing and singing skills. But he fails in every scene. That accent is excruciating.

It’s one of those Disney Classics that didn’t stand the test of time. Not keen on seeing the sequel now.

www.imdb.com/title/tt0058331

 

Zulu – *

Posted: January 15, 2015 in 1964, Action, Drama, Historical, UK, War, X

In preparation of a journey through Zululand, it seemed worthwhile to watch Zulu, a British movie about the Anglo-Zulu wars in a South Africa. It’s the debut of Michael Caine, who plays an arrogant officer of a small platoon of British soldiers defending the ’British Empire’ against the Zulu tribes. The story is based on historical facts. After the Zulus have slaughtered a whole battalion of British soldiers, they are eager to attack a nearby hospital as well, protected by only a small amount of men. Needless to say that they withstood the attack (why else make a movie about it?). So, there you go.

There is absolutely no tension in this war movie. You already know the outcome as soon as you hear about the attack. And that’s not the only flaw. The acting is terribly theatrical. It’s a movie made in the sixties, but feels like it’s made in the twenties. Luckily, actors have mastered the skill of dying realistically in recent decades. Here they fall down so slowly with expressions so ridiculous that it’s not even funny. The Zulus are depicted as wild brainless beasts. The sick in the hospital as mentally troubled drama queens. Furthermore the story is one-sided. You learn nothing about the Zulus. It’s just a stage play about bickering officers in an attacked station.

All that is left is the cinematography beauty. But there again, the director only uses one magnificent background over and over again. There is only one real location (the hospital), so showing the splendour surroundings is limited. But still, it feels like the camera team was fixed on one spot only.

So. End result: BORING!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058777