A film that is both oh-so smart and oh-so pleasant which continually makes the case for caring adaptations of stageplays. Josephine Hull steals the show with manic energy as Vita, and she's a perfect contrast to the laconic but sincere Stewart as the unflappable Elwood P. Dowd. I would never want to live in a world where this movie didn't exist.
I think I'm going to need a second screening of this film before I can even begin to be critical. I spent the entire running time of the feature as the kid whose mom taped Star Wars off of TV for him to watch over and over again. I laughed and cried and gasped and sat with my mouth agape as I wondered how my heroes, old and new, could ever escape the seemingly unstoppable forces of evil.