Rewatched Aug 06, 2012
Joe Breal’s review:
Lady would be a great film if it wasn't so damn, damn, damn, damn long. Taking out the Entr'acte and the Intermission, it's still about 15-20 minutes too long. While all of the scenes with Eliza Doolittle (Hepburn) and Professor Higgins (Harrison) are necessary, not all of the scenes with Eliza's father, Alfred (Holloway), are really needed. The film also slows down quite a bit in the last 45 minutes or so after the scene at the ball.
But enough about what's wrong with the film because there's plenty that goes absolutely right. First, the casting is great. Harrison is great as the arrogant and misogynistic speech therapist and he does his own singing. Hepburn is simply wonderful, going from a poor flower girl with a terrible, screeching accent, to a refined and elegant lady. The fact that she wasn't even nominated for an Oscar is absurd. The other great thing about the film is the soundtrack. The majority of the songs are incredibly memorable and a lot of fun.
This is a very good film and is one of the Top 10 Musicals of all time.