Tuesday, April 14, 2009
No, My Darling Daughter Review
Last Thursday I thought I would watch the British 60's comedy, "No, My Darling Daughter" starring Michael Redgrave, Juliet Mills, and Michael Craig. Being quite unfamiliar with the leads in the movie, I thought I would at least try it. If I didn't like it, then that was the end of it. I had quite a pessimistic view on the movie early on, just because I wasn't familiar with anyone in it. So quite grudgingly, I sat down and watched the movie expecting a rather boring movie but I was wrong and I'm quite happy that I was. Besides the fact that I wanted to try something new, Casey had seen the movie earlier and enjoyed it immensely, so that's why I gave it a try. Even with a good review on the film, I was quite skeptical about it.
The film begins with a young woman who is going to leave school to go to Paris upon her father's request. The only thing that I knew about Juliet Mills was from the soap opera "Passions" and I didn't want to base my whole opinion on the show, so I watched in wonder at her youthfulness and curiosity in the film. Tansy has always stayed arms length to her father in that she never really disobeyed him until a young American comes between them. Though the two start off as friends, it becomes more than expected which doesn't please her father. It's her first chance to really rebel against her father and to make her own decisions without someone watching her every move. One problem though, a slightly older British man watches over her and the two often bicker over small things, like where her hat is at.
Though it doesn't hit Tansy until later that she is falling for the wrong guy, you can tell she is still innocent and still filled with that youthfulness that she had possessed in the beginning. Throughout the entire film, you watch Tansy mature from silly school girl to a more mature young lady, whose heart is often lost in different places.
I greatly enjoyed Michael Redgrave, whose character was often filled with sarcasm and wit. I actually had a difficult time deciding who my favorite character was because I really liked them all. None of them were unlikable but they did have their flaws which only made them look human. Michael's character is a father is only concerned about his daughter's well being and Juliet's character is at a stage where she really begins to grow up, even though she still holds onto some immaturity.
I really hope that this movie comes out on DVD in America soon because I would so be the first to buy it. It is really a film to check out and because of seeing this movie, I became so eager to see more films of Michael Redgrave's. I've only seen one so far which was "The Lady Vanishes", which I also loved but I am more than willing to see more. My grade for "No, My Darling Daughter" is B+. :)