Happy Merry Movie Monday! Today's post will be on the classic Christmas movie White Christmas. For today's rating system, we're going to use a snowflake!
Bob and Phil are in the army putting on a Christmas show for their comrades on Christmas during World War 2. They are bombed and Phil saves Bob by pushing him out of the way of falling debris, injuring his arm. Bob, who is a performing artist, tells Phil to let him know what he can do to repay him. Phil decides to use his injury to guilt Bob (playfully) into becoming a duo act.
The two become famous performers after the war and even become producers. They decide to follow up on a request from a former army pal by visiting his sisters, Betty and Judy, who are a performing duo. The four meet and there are instant sparks. In order to help the sisters escape from a landlord who says they owe him money, Phil gives the girls he and Bob's tickets so they can get to Vermont for their next performance.
When the men finally get to the train, they find the girls and decide to go to Vermont with them. The girls are set to perform in a cozy inn and are looking forward to the amazing amounts of snow, but they arrive to a green landscape with no snow and an inn with no audience. After Bob and Phil find out the inn belongs to their former general, they begin to plot a way to get more people to the inn to save it from going bankrupt.
ACTING | 5/5
This film stars Bing Crosby, a famous singer, as well as George Clooney's mother, Rosemary Clooney. Other notable actors include Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye! The acting is great, especially for the time!
THE STORYLINE | 5/5
The storyline is unique in that it isn't all about Christmas, but kind of about the Christmas spirit and the idea that you should help those in need. It was an interesting way to go about it, because it wasn't like the general was really suffering.
THE MEANING | 5/5
This film upholds the Christmas idea that helping others is far more important than helping yourself. Bob and Phil decided to spend a ton of money to get their cast and crew to the inn to put on a great show because of the admiration he had for the general and the hope he had for improving his situation.
At the end, when they were performing "White Christmas," it began to snow. Throughout the film, Bob and Betty fall in love, which also plays into the popular Christmas theme of opening your heart to a new person.
THE EDITING | 5/5
After taking into consideration that this film was shot and edited in 1954, the editing is quite good. I would say for its time, it was done well. Obviously people love it because it is still a Christmas classic today!
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