Saturday, 18 April 2015

Movie Date: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Many people claim to idolise Julie Andrews. Who can blame them? She has the air of a lady and the innocent look of a little girl. I'm one of those people, actually, which is why I'm ashamed to say that I've only watched a handful of her movies, most of which took place in the later years of her career. But her look in her younger days inspires me so much. Her old-fashioned, timeless beauty and her witty character just get me every time. Not too long ago, I managed to catch one of her movies on HBO and it was such a whimsical film that I ended up sitting down to watch the whole thing. Said to be the most joyful movie of the year (1967), Thoroughly Modern Millie was adapted from a broadway musical. To be honest, since it was set so long ago and the '60s isn't my area of expertise, I recognised no other actors aside from Julie Andrews herself. Nonetheless, it was still an incredibly enjoyable story. It is very cheerful and filled with music, laughter, dancing and jokes; but it still contains some serious sociological issues to be pondered and compared to today's society. Plus, all the '20s costumes will satisfy your sartorial lusts.

The story is set in the early '20s - 1922, to be exact. It tells a witty and cheerful story of an old-fashioned girl named Millie who tries to become a modern woman, who has a job and marry her way up the social ladder. She meets a girl named Miss Dorothy, a rich but lonely actress-to-be who just moves into her building, and a man named Jimmy, a playful but sweet paper clip salesman who "borrows" things from his boss. After finding a job as a stenographer and a handsome, single boss named Mr. Graydon, Millie is determined to make him fall for her. However, problem arises when Jimmy tries to convince Millie they should get married and Mr. Graydon and Miss Dorothy fall for one another. Meanwhile, the hotel Millie and Miss Dorothy live in is owned by a white slavery organiser, Mrs. Meers, who sells girls without family into slavery. The story might seem a little heavy but the way it is told and dealt with is absolutely hilarious. Millie cracks me up every time. Her naivety and good heart seem like a lost art these days. Jimmy is such a darling! His relentlessness and good intentions are amazing traits to have in a man. Also, you can't miss all the whimsical inside jokes, such as the flapper-girl elevator, straight pearl necklace, tapioca dance and many more. Best of all, it gives us a peek both at the culture of the '20s and the '60s, which is never a bad thing.

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