High Society Review

Feb 14, 2017   //   by admin   //   Featured Posts, News  //  No Comments


High Society Review

Those fine folks over at Fetch Publicity challenged me to expand my horizons and get outside of my comfort zone in the New Year and for a die hard horror fan there surely is no more terrifying genre than the musical.

But I was intrigued, maybe I was missing out on something. And as my mantra is to try anything once (except incest and morris dancing) I took the plunge.

Fetch obliged by sending me 5 DVDS, a mix of classic and modern musicals.

So armed with a bowl of popcorn and a poorly seven year old, we continue into the heart of darkness of our musical adventure…

Cue music:



C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife’s Tracy Lord’s family estate. She is on the verge of marrying a man blander and safer than Dex, who tries to win Tracy’s heart again. Mike Connor, an undercover tabloid reporter, also falls for Tracy while covering the nuptials for Spy magazine. Tracy must choose between the three men as she discovers that “safe” can mean “deadly dull” when it comes to husbands and life.


IMG_0335After last week’s pleasant introduction to the classic musical, I was thrilled to sit down and watch another musical, this time featuring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Louis Armstrong, all people that even a musical neophyte such as myself had heard of. So everything should have gone swimmingly, right? Well…

My main problem with the film was that I couldn’t emotionally invest with the trials and tribulations of the white American upper classes and the twisted relationship games they play.

Grace Kelly is an amazing actress, as shown in her work with Hitchcock (Rear Window, Dial M for Murder). But in High Society she is given little to work with, her character’s flitting between the three male leads feels arbitrary at best, or at worst, simply dictated by the necessities of the plot.

Frank Sinatra plays Frank Sinatra playing a tabloid reporter, and Bing Crosby is… well, Bing Crosby. Louis Armstrong steals the show whenever he’s on screen, which unfortunately is not enough.

The film is effectively a remake of The Philadelphia Story, starring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart. But unfortunately there’s no way our cast (or any cast for that matter) could compete with the calibre of talent in the original. At — minutes, the film feels like a leaden retread which screeches to a halt for the ill-fitting musical numbers.

IMG_0331Following on from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers I thought I’d become a full convert to the musical genre, but maybe High Society has shaken my faith already. Looks like I need tight choreography and bold art design to accompany the singing in my musicals. Let’s see what happens next week when I tackle musical classic Singin’ in the Rain, starring Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly.

Come join me, we’re safer in numbers…






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