Pros: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe
Some Like It Hot is a comedy that encourages optimism in the face of doubt and leaves you with the feeling that anything is possible, especially in the movies. The story takes two struggling musicians, who need to hide from the mob, into an all-girl band where they have disguised themselves as women. One of the musicians falls in love with the singer of the band while the other one finds himself courted by a millionaire who does not know he is a man.
Jerry, played by Jack Lemmon, was one of the musicians who had to dress up as a woman. His female name was Daphne. Lemmon was the heart of the comedy, in both his role as a man and his role as a woman. He seemed believable in both roles and played the parts in a way that seemed more comical than anything else in the film. It was adorable when Daphne, filled with excitement, told Joe, Tony Curtis, that he was getting married. The film is a comedy and all of the relationships between the characters are funny. The relationship Jerry has with Joe is the most comical, but the relationship he has with Osgood, played by Joe E. Brown, runs close to being the funniest.
Marilyn Monroe is Sugar, the singer in the all-girls orchestra and the blond bombshell that both Joe (Josephine) and Jerry (Daphne) try to get close to. Since I had never seen Marilyn Monroe in a film, but had definitely heard of her, I did not know what to expect. She was just right as Sugar, both naive and beautiful. She fit the part perfectly. I believe Marilyn Monroe was being herself in the part. She seemed comfortable in her role and, if she was not completely comfortable, found a way to creatively cover up this fact.
The film was black and white so the lighting was one of the most important choices in filming. The costumes were detailed, stylish and helped to add context to the film. The mobster's shoes were a notably unique contribution.
Billy Wilder directed Some Like It Hot. Wilder definitely had imagination and used it in the making of this movie. Wilder created a whacky comedy with romantic undertones. The film had a fast pace to it, always something happening and typically something humorous. I believe the fast paced scenes were intended to keep the comedy upbeat and as zany as possible.
Some Like It Hot was filled with one whacky scene after another, meticulously performed, making it an altogether extraordinary comedy. Marilyn Monroe added just the right amount of romance and style to an already comical movie. The two main characters, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, were witty and full of intensity. The film was made in 1959, yet it is still entertaining today's audiences.
Overall, Some Like it Hot is a film created to keep the viewer entertained, scene after scene, without opportunity for monotony.
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