Thursday, December 3, 2009

Let's Make Love

This was the first time I've seen a film featuring Marilyn Monroe. Let's cut the embellishments: the film is certainly worth your time if you're into musicals (which I'm not). Other than that, Let's Make Love's romance story between the two leading characters suffers from a serious lack of elaboration.

Jean-Marc Clément (Yves Montand) is a billionaire. His PR specialist (Tony Randall) apprised Jean-Marc that according to an article in Variety (my reaction: it's that old??!!?), he'll be parodied in an upcoming theatre production. By going to the production's rehearsal, Jean Marc snags a role as... himself. Furthermore, the show's cast didn't recognize him and this is why he goes around by using another name and by pretending that he's not a billionaire. However, Jean-Marc has a crush on Amanda Dell (Marilyn Monroe), his co-star. Will improving his stage skills make him win Amanda's affection?

Let's say straightforwardly that this is not the best comedy you'll see. The good thing about Let's Make Love is that the film certainly contains average comedic performance by French actor Yves Montand and Marilyn Monroe. While the latter's undeniable charisma makes this film somewhat easier to bear, Montand surprises us by his ability to portray a man who is a good businessman but a very bad stage actor. In short, expect a few moments of smile or laughter.

However, once you read the story on the DVD back cover, you might feel that the story is predictable. Therefore, I don't think that I'm giving away much details if I tell you that the two leading characters, Jean-Marc and Amanda, will fall in love with each other. Besides, one might feel that the film leaves out so many important details about how the relation between the leading protagonists develops itself given that Amanda is not really attracted by rich men. After all, when Amanda finds out that Montand's character is a billionaire, how does her principles evolve? Well, the only answer we have is that she loves the man.

Finally, despite having convincing performance (especially in the musical scenes), Let's Make Love's script is just too light. Had it been a little bit longer, this film starring the Blonde Bombshell, as we call Monroe, would have been cuter from the perspective of those who like romantic comedies.

Rating: 2.5/5

Origin:USA (1960)
Length:119 minutes
Genre:Romantic comedy
Screenplay:Norman Krasna
Director:George Cukor
Starring:Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall and Frankie Vaughan

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