The witty film adaptation of Broadway’s “My Fair Lady” tells the story of how the fateful meeting of two linguists, Professor Henry Higgins and Colonel Hugh Pickering, changed Eliza Doolittle’s life – one vowel at a time.
On their first encounter Professor Higgins was immensely amused by Eliza’s manner of speech, saying that she is “condemned by every syllable she utters; and, by right she should be taken out and hung for the cold bloody murder of the English tongue.”
The subject of Eliza’s peculiar tongue brought on a bet between the practiced men, with Professor Higgins claiming that he can make a queen out of the barbarous wrench that was Eliza in a span of six months. Little did they know that with every vowel Eliza learns to pronounce, the more Professor Higgins unconsciously grew fond of her.
I gave this movie a rate of 8.5/10, and these are the 5 reasons why:
1. The film is a mix of different things: amusing, witty, whimsical, hilarious and insightful, all rolled into one sushi.
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2. Though it might not be popular among millennials, it sure does tackle several issues evident nowadays including discrimination, poverty and lack of proper education. In the movie, Professor Higgins mentioned how there was a “verbal class distinction,” manifesting an economic status barrier between who speaks English well and who do not.
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3. The importance of values was highlighted in the film. Professor Higgins, a noted linguist and phonetics professor, with all the wealth one could ever imagine possessed an arrogant, snobbish character. Eliza Doolittle on the other hand was at first nothing but a poor little Cockney flower girl, yet with her new-found speech remained humble and true to herself.
4. The film showcased a hint of misogyny. In a derogatory song number titled “Why Can’t A Woman Be More Like A Man?” by Professor Higgins, he sang about how women were a handful and nothing but a burden to men. The song included lines such as:
“Why does every one do what the others do?
Can’t a woman learn to use her head?
Why do they do everything their mothers do?
Why don’t they grow up, well, like their father instead?“
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5. The film’s artistry is definitely one that tickles my fancy. Considering the film came out on 1964, its cinematography was simple yet something unique for me. The craft of the crew was evident throughout the movie; and there is nothing I appreciate more than an artist who puts so much effort and patience into their work. (This is an exaggeration, but I truly salute artists who do because as a growing artist myself, I know how hard it is to put your all and contain it into one thing.)
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Overall, the film was something I enjoyed watching and it is something I’d watch again (and I don’t say this about films a lot!). It’s significantly better than most films I’ve seen and I hope that more people would learn to appreciate movies such as these because I think the world needs more films that will make people aware of what’s happening around them.
Feel free to watch the movie’s trailer!