I'm reviewing the 2015 release.
Expecting a film, it was a happy surprise that this is a stage presentation. I found it added to the musical numbers. Imelda Staunton is fabulous as Rose, the stage mother. If you didn't love the Natalie Wood film, you probably won't like this, either.
For starters - I found that "Gypsy's" 143-minute running time to be almost unendurable to sit through. If a good 30 minutes had been carefully edited from this production, then I think that Gypsy would've been so much easier to enjoy.
This movie just went on and on and on. (Ho-hum!) And its story just seemed to be going around and around in a vicious circle that, in the long run, ended up going absolutely nowhere at all.
Another serious problem with "Gypsy" was the miscasting of Natalie Wood as the title character. From my point of view, Wood (though undeniably attractive) just didn't seem to possess the crucial dramatic resources to draw upon for this very demanding part. Wood simply played her part sweet & simple and this inevitably reduced her "Gypsy" to being nothing but an unambitious square - In other words, she was an accidental success.
Even though "Gypsy" was obviously a big-budget production that might have worked its intended magic as a stage play, but on screen it was a truly disappointing let-down that certainly left a helluva lot to be desired.
GREAT 1993 a bit lengthy (150 minutes) film with terrific performance by Bette Midler. Interesting plot set in historical transition from vaudeville to burlesque.
Also fun for me to get introduced to talented comedian actress Andrea Martin in her side role as Miss Cratchitt.
In my opinion, this 1962 film, based on the 1957 book "Gypsy: A Memoir", written by Gypsy Rose Lee, herself, would have faired so much better had it been presented as a straight drama. I certainly found that both the musical numbers and the frequent lapses into comedy really weakened the overall punch that this film could've produced had these unnecessary elements not dominated a good part of the story._____ I also thought that Rosalind Russell's scenery-chewing character, Rose Hovick, the ultimate, overbearing stage-mother-from-hell (who tyrannized the entire story) was given way-way too much attention and screen-time for my liking._____ Yes. I fully understand that this film was clearly a product of early-1960s movie-making and that strict censorhip was still in full swing back then - But, with that said, I really thought that it was completely laughable that Gypsy Rose Lee's meteoric rise to becoming a burlesque queen was depicted as though just a sly wink, a sexy wiggle and the revealing of a naked shoulder (and nothing else) was all that was required of her to achieve this special status of "striptease" royalty._____ All-in-all - I would never recommend this film to anyone.
Fair - Gypsy (1962) 143 min. Half-decent but over-long musical focusing on the legendary burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee portrayed by Natalie Wood. Rosalind Russell plays her mother and is terrific as a woman who wants to earn a piece of success for her very own. Best scene includes a heated dialogue between Gypsy and her mother close to the end of the film. Fair songs highlight the plot. Look for Ann Jillian and Morgan Brittany as young performers in the troupe.
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