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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Posted by martinteller on December 26, 2003

You know how Andrew Lloyd Webber tries to squeeze ordinary dialogue into song lyrics and half the time it ends up sounding really awkward?  That’s how this whole movie is.  But the difference is that they didn’t even try to make it lyrical.  All the dialogue is ordinary speech, except it’s sung.  No attempt at rhyme or lyricism or musical structure.  It’s very odd to witness.  And while I “get it” (or at least I think I do) it’s not especially interesting or fun.  Slightly charming at first, irritating after a while.  The story itself is mundane and predictable, and a lame story with a quirky gimmick is still a lame story.  Rating: 6


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