“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953)

Classic Cinema Review by Wendy

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Not Rated      Comedy/Musical     20th Century Fox
Starring:  Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe and Charles Coburn

So this was my very first Marilyn Monroe movie.  Since I was a girl who grew up in the 1980’s, I HAD to see the movie where (I assume) Madonna got her “Material Girl” inspiration!  I will admit, at first the movie was a bit how I expected; A musical with beautiful women acting coy while using their feminine charms to get what they wanted.  After watching further into the movie, it became more apparent to me that Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe’s character) was playing at her own part.  She was completely honest in her intent and actions.  She definitely used her feminine charm and perceived innocence to her advantage, however she was quite intuitive in her understanding of how men, specifically, saw and treated her.  I really enjoyed Lorelei’s friend Dorothy.  She seemed more realistic in her expectations, and yet she was the one surprised to realize her feelings and reciprocation of those feelings with a man.  The plot was a little light and not complicated and there were a few ridiculous situations, but it was fun and I’m a sucker for cliché, happy endings.

Wendy’s Rating: 4/6
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Its difficult to give some kind of a star rating to an older movie since I haven’t watched many to make comparisons. I have watched a ton of movies from the past few decades though and quite a fair share of musicals.  I am giving this movie-musical four out of six crowns.

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