I watched His Girl Friday for the first time Monday night, and while I really did enjoy it, it completely exhausted me. Could have been that I was exhausted already, given that I'd bowled, mini-golfed, and laser-tagged in the morning, but the movie wasn't the relaxing romantic comedy I was expecting. In fact, all of its rapid-fire banter reminded me a little of Gilmore Girls (also a little exhausting to watch--but worth it).
I also wasn't expecting to see Cary Grant playing the snake-charmer. I'm used to him being a little bit bumbling while pouring on the charm....Father Goose, To Catch a Thief, That Touch of Mink, Houseboat, North by Northwest...those are primo Cary Grant fare. In His Girl Friday, I can't say that I liked his character very much. He played the part to perfection, but I was ashamed of him for the way he treated Rosalind Russell, not to mention the way he handled his job as newspaper editor. I simply couldn't like him. Funnily enough, my favorite line from the movie was when Rosalind Russell told Cary Grant, "Walter, you're wonderful, in a loathesome sort of way." Perfect!
In other news, I saw Despicable Me yesterday with my kids and have decided that their Halloween costumes should be minion-ware.