His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday ★★★★★

Umpteenth time watching this for me, first time ever for my daughter. Hearing her cackle throughout was one of the most gratifying movie experiences ever.

It’s really hard to tell who’s outdoing who here: Howard Hawks as director, Cary Grant as the foil, or Rosalind Russell as the lead. Each of their respective performances is truly extraordinary; Hawks’s cranked up choreography captures a kind of energy that few if any movies have matched since; Grant so thoroughly inhabits the cad-ness of his character, it’s hard to imagine he could ever play an earnest role again (he does of course, many times and always credibly); and Russell is so tack sharp as the beating heart of this off kilter fairy tale, it just wouldn’t have been possible without her. This movie is perfect in every way.