Andrew’s review published on Letterboxd:
Trigger Warning!- Smoking and drinking in nearly every scene!
Breakfast at Tiffany's starts with Holly in a elegant black dress looking at the jewelry in a Tiffany's window display. She then pulls out a bagel and eats her breakfast while looking at the jewelry. This one scene encapsulates the perception of her character and how others see her throughout the movie. Breakfast at Tiffany's, based on the novel of the same name by Truman Capote, is a fun and lighthearted film that also dives into the emotional turmoil the protagonist faces.
Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is an eccentric young woman who lives in a New York apartment with her cat named Cat (She calls him Cat since she believes it isn't up to her to decide his name.) She has a pair of pink heels in her refrigerator and keeps her telephone in a suitcase because it makes too much noise when it rings. All of this is seen through the lens of her new neighbor, a struggling writer named Paul Varjak (George Peppard). Holly affectionately calls him Fred because he reminds Holly of her brother whose name is, of course, Fred. As the movie goes on the audience, along with Paul, sees Holly as someone who does odd and silly things and as she flits from one rich man to the next. However, we also see that she has some emotional insecurities that affects her lifestyle and relationships with others.
One of the biggest things that I noticed in the story is how Holly's desire to find love and acceptance is very similar to Audrey's real life emotional struggles to find true love. For example, I think Holly hides the phone in her suitcase because she doesn't want to talk to anyone. At the same time she yearns for deeper relationships. Even though she wants to love and be loved she pushes others away, especially Paul. I can imagine it must have been tough for Audrey to play a character that struggles with the same issues that she does in real life.
Of course, Audrey Hepburn does a wonderful job as Holly, encapsulating all of the facets of her character's personality. She can play the light-hearted eccentric nature of her character while letting some of Holly's vulnerability slip through. To me, it never felt forced at all and her character feels like someone that I could relate to. Audrey is such an amazing actress, whenever she is onscreen her presence makes it hard to turn away. She commands every scene she's in and the ones without her aren't the same. George Peppard, who plays Paul, is a good actor and gave a great performance but Audrey's presence is so mesmerizing that it's hard to compete. I honestly feel like Audrey could play a movie with a cardboard cutout and she would still have me glued to the screen. I think Audrey Hepburn might be a new celebrity crush of mine!
The reason why I gave the movie four stars instead of four and a half is due to the disgusting and highly offensive portrayal of her Japanese landlord. The actor wears yellowface and he looks like the propaganda images that were used during World War II. He's portrayed as an idiot buffoon who is always yelling with a grossly, overexaggerated accent. Unfortunately, this was not uncommon at the time but I still find it cruel and insensitive.
Despite that giant misstep I enjoyed my time watching Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's a fun movie to watch as Holly's eccentric nature is shown to great affect while at the same time it tackles the inner turmoil that Holly struggles with. Audrey Hepburn is truly a one of a kind actress and knocked it out of the park. If you enjoy her other work or want a fun film to watch, this is a good choice. I highly recommend it!