Hello fellow movie goers from around the globe. Today’s “Classics Review” is a timeless Christmas film about the lives of family members leading up to “The 1904 World’s Fair.” The premise I’m referring to is from “Meet Me In St. Louis.”
Meet Me In St. Louis was released in 1944. (exact same year The Golden Globes were established) It received positive reviews from critics and movie goers alike. Plus, it made enough revenue at the box office. Meet Me In St. Louis was later nominated for a few Oscars including “Best Adapted Screenplay,” “Best Original Score” & “Best Original Song. (The Trolley Song) Margaret O’Brien (possibly related to Conan O’Brien) earned a “Juvenile Award” for her performance. Juvenile Award used to be a thing in The Oscars back then.
First time I’ve heard of Meet Me In St. Louis, I was studying theater in high school from 9th to 12th Grade as I learn about acting, directing, musical numbers, except I never participated in choir because I’m not much of a good singer. I have to give credit to my school for introducing me to a variety of genres from the past and present as I appreciate specific legends like Bob Fosse (Cabaret, All That Jazz, Chicago) who later became one of my favorite filmmakers. If you wanna get to know Bob, I strongly recommend “Fosse/Verdon” available to stream on Hulu.
Now that it’s officially Christmas Month, I’d like to share what’s good or about about one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time.
Today’s review does not contain no very important SPOILERS. I’m giving many of you a head start to watch Meet Me In St. Louis. Does it remain as a timeless Christmas classic since 1944? Let’s find out shall we?
Warm & Cold Elements
Warm: Judy Garland & Margaret O’Brien both did an excellent job for their respective performances. It’s a shame Margaret hasn’t been around since this movie was out.
Vincente Minnelli did a fantastic job directing the film.
Fun Fact: For those who don’t know, Judy met Vincente on set. They later married and Liza Minnelli was born two years after the movie was released. Liza stated Meet Me In St. Louis is her favorite movie of all time. One more thing, Abigail Breslin confirmed it’s her favorite movie.
The Rest Of The Cast all did a decent job for their respective performances.
Cinematography was shot perfectly from start to finish without suffering from technical difficulties.
The story is presented in three seasons set in Summer, Fall & Winter, representing “The Three Act Structure.” So that’s why Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) created a similar structure to his best work, “Requiem For A Dream.” I see what you did there Darren.
Chemistry between Esther and her family members served as the main highlight. Every single one was interesting. They didn’t seem boring at all.
Wait a second. Halloween & Christmas in one movie? Kinda like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” except Jack Skellington fills in Santa Claus’ (Sandy Claws) role. I see what you did there Tim Burton.
The film is set in 1903-1904. Time Period felt authentic.
Set Pieces were manually crafted by set decorators.
Costume Designs reflected the time period.
Songs are memorable such as the Oscar nominated Trolley Song and last but not least, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” What you didn’t know is in fact, the latter song was originally made for the movie. Today, it plays on radio stations during Christmas Month.
According to IMDB’s trivia section of the film, Judy sang Trolley Song in one take. She deserves Bonus Points for all that hard work. From my point of view, I think this movie is perhaps Judy’s best work.
Correct me if I’m wrong, Tootie was actually the first character to have a name like that before Vicky’s younger sister/Timmy Turner’s love interest existed from “The Fairly OddParents.”
Meet Me In St. Louis was featured in “The Family Stone,” another Christmas film. One of the characters watches Esther singing, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
Cold: To be honest with you fellow movie goers, I couldn’t spot nothing wrong with this particular movie. I’ll give The Cast & Crew an Extra Point for making a flawless movie as possible.