from Cirencester, England
, 20 May 2008
I had been looking forward to this greatly, given the talent employed on it, but the film was a huge disappointment. First of all, it suffered from some gross mis-casting: Sinatra as a staid and stuffy married man, Hermione Baddeley as a hard-drinking Scotswoman, and Deborah Kerr, whilst being a terrific actress and a beautiful woman, is not suited to this sort of would-be frothy sex comedy.. It's a mid-life crisis cum generation gap situation, and those who think that 'Mad Men' must have exaggerated the cavalier and patronising treatment of women in the 'sixties will be able to see it in all its ugliness here in this contemporary version as husbands are emasculated by the institution of marriage, while frustrated wives are a nuisance to be pacified with jewels and flowers. None of this is helped by a print that looks washed-out and has not been rendered in wide screen format, meaning that for some of the time you will be looking at background with half-profiles at each edge.. Dean Martin's urbane charm walks away with what little there is to walk away with.
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