Gonzo: My name is Charles Dickens.
Rizzo the Rat: And my name is Rizzo the Rat… wait a second! You’re not Charles Dickens!
Gonzo: I am too!
Rizzo the Rat: No! A blue furry Charles Dickens who hangs out with a rat?
Rizzo the Rat: Charles Dickens was a 19th Century novelist! A genius!
Gonzo: Oh, you’re too kind.
I hadn’t seen this film since I was a kid and I think I loved it even more this time, especially the talking vegetables and Gonzo as Charles Dickens. Pure genius.
Coming out in the middle of WWII, Meet Me In Saint Louis looks back with nostalgia at the pre-war era, where values were still intact and the family united. Set in 1903, one year before Saint Louis’ World Fair, the film depicts an idealised world of domestic bliss (greatly enhanced by technicolor) that is threatened when Mr Alonzo Smith, the head of the family, organises a move to New York City in order to climb up the social ladder. There is not much more to the film’s plot; a love story with the next-door neighbour, ketchup making and other little details of the family’s daily life. Surprisingly, this is enough. Minelli did a great job. Every scene is wonderfully filmed, Judy Garland has never looked better, it’s funny and the musical numbers are not superfluous at all. It might be too mushy for some, but I think it’s great. I will definitely be watching it again this Christmas.
♫ Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas mp3 (will expire in a week)