Synopsis: A street performer pretends to be a notorious pirate in the hopes of winning a betrothed woman’s heart.
Who’s in it? The movie stars Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak and Gladys Cooper.
Review: I ended up adding “The Pirate” to my Netflix DVD list after my wife and oldest daughter watched a few minutes of it on TV and wanted to see more. And, even though I’m not exactly a die-hard fan of classical musicals, I agreed to watch it with them this past weekend. Overall, my opinion of it ended up being a bit mixed.
The movie itself was actually somewhat interesting. I loved how Kelly’s character pretends to be a pirate in order to woo Garland only to see it backfire when the real pirate (Slezak), now serving under an assumed name as mayor, takes advantage. Since it was a comedy, I knew there would be a happy ending. But, I wasn’t really sure exactly how he was going to prove his innocence.
Garland and Kelly also made a decent pair. The story left plenty of room for them to overdo it a bit and they took full advantage of it and complimented each other well. Some of the romantic scenes seemed to be a bit forced. However, overall, I thought they worked well together, especially during some of the funnier moments (like when she discovers he lied to her about being a pirate).
Unfortunately, the musical numbers left a lot to be desired. The performance of “Be a Clown” was decent and memorable. However, the other performances didn’t do much to compliment it. In fact, one of the performances, which involved Kelly dancing around a donkey and Garland imagining herself as the animal, was just weird to the point I seriously wondered whether or not this would be suitable for my daughter to watch.
Final Opinion: As I said before, this wasn’t a terrible movie and, overall, I think we did enjoy it. However, most of the musical performances weren’t very memorable and, as a result, I think it might have been considerably better as a non-musical comedy.
My Grade: C