2021 Blind Spot Series: My Fair Lady (Girl Week)
What I knew going in: The drama with casting.
Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is a full of himself professor who bets a colleague he can turn crude flower seller, Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) into a well spoken lady.
Once again, the movie I had planned to watch this month (Jungle Fever) fell through, but thankfully Dell's Girl Week blogathon was there to give me some inspiration. I've been wanting to expand my Audrey films lately, and this one is currently streaming on Netflix.
I know a lot of people kind of hate Audrey in this role. Marni Nixon dubs all of Audrey's singing because she didn't have the range required for the music. Julie Andrews didn't get to reprise her stage role which angered everyone. However, all these years later I feel I can unequivocally say that Audrey and Marni are the best part of this movie and it's utterly dull every moment they're not on screen.
Audrey plays Eliza like she's on stage. Her movement are very over the top and at first I wondered if that was the best choice, but as the film went on, I realized she was the only thing working for me. I think I expected a bit more music. Higgins is an insufferable twat so he's never very engaging on screen. Rex Harrison is great at playing this role, don't get me wrong, but I expected this to be more about Eliza than Higgins.
The costumes and sets are gorgeous, and Marni has such a lovely voice, but I didn't love this. As it's Girl Week, it's fitting that the only person in the film I found tolerable is the titular girl. That's the power of women.
Memorable Quote: "Move your bloomin' arse!" - Eliza (Audrey Hepburn)