Friday, September 11, 2015

Funny Girl

tags: dramedy, musical

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I'm currently reading Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby, a satire set in London in the 1960s about a former beauty queen who becomes a TV star. The title somehow reminds me of Barbara Streisand's Funny Girl which I have never seen before. The only movies on video of Barbara's I've seen are Yentl and Ben Stiller's Meet The Fockers. I also never listened nor owned a single Barbara Streisand song. Well, it's not entirely correct because just last week, I downloaded from the library her version of Paul Williams's Evergreen.

Although musicals are not my cup of tea, I actually liked this movie and of course the very young Barbara. She's funny, acts natural, and sings beautifully. The movie ends in a sad note but it's okay, I was entertained the whole 2 hours. The only actor I didn't like is Omar Sharif. He looked 10 years older than his actual age of 36. I also don't find him dashing nor handsome and he's not that great in the acting department either. And what's up with his hair, or is it a rug? I don't recall seeing any of this guy's movies. This is the first and most probably will be the last.

If you haven't seen the movie, I recommend watching it before it expires on Amazon streaming.

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