Kelly Albert of Cinemaniax.Net gives a review about the film Meet Me in St. Louis from Warner Home Video starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer and Leon Ames.
Meet Me in St. Louis is a musical that permeates pop-culture more than most realize. Not only did the film make a cameo in the first Sex and the City movie; the score has been sung (or parodied) in both films and television since its debut. Released in 1944, the film is directed by Vincente Minnelli and is beautifully-shot in Technicolor. The film continued Garland’s success as a film star but also resulted in her marriage to Minnelli and their daughter, Liza (with a Z!).
The story takes place in St. Louis in 1903 and follows the Smith family in the year leading up to the World’s Fair. Judy Garland is Ester Smith and leads the film as the middle child of the family. Ester tries to woo the boy next door all while ensuring that her older sister, Rose, gets a proposal too. John Truett (Tom Drake) is the neighbor of the Smith family; he fails to notice Ester until the Smiths’ host a going-away-to-university party for older brother, Lonny. All the meanwhile, the family prepares as excitement for the World Fair.
The film shifts from the different members of the Smith family. In particular, there is a funny Halloween scene featuring Tootie and Agnes, the two youngest Smith daughters. The plot twists as Alonzo, the Smith family patriarch, announces that he has accepted a job in New York. The family is to move from St. Louis after Christmas, just a few short months before the World’s Fair. The other members of the family are devastated, especially Ester who is finally getting to know John Truett. Continue reading “[Blu-ray Review] MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS” »