- Jun 10, 2003
- Real Name
- Josh Steinberg
Mr. Blandings caught my attention a long time ago before I'd seen too many of his films and I just really liked that movie, and Cary Grant and Myrna Loy's interplay. It felt like a real situation not taken too far into absurdity.
I agree completely. Ironically, I showed the movie recently to my fiance, figuring that she'd enjoy it for the reasons I did, but it did not play well with her. I don't want to go so far as to say that she hated it, but there are few movies that she's demonstrated such dislike for during the movie itself. She found the movie immensely frustrating, because she felt that Grant was just digging holes for himself that he didn't have to, and that the entire mess was his fault. For instance, Grant possibly overpays for the property, and doesn't get the house inspected by an engineer before purchasing. In today's world, it's pretty standard to have an engineer inspect a house before buying; having never bought a house myself I can't say for sure, but it's my understanding that the bank won't give you a mortgage until the house passes inspection. Makes sense. But was that standard in 1948? When I watch the movie, I see a city guy who's spent his entire life there making his first journey to suburban living, and having trouble adjusting - he doesn't know what he doesn't know. To my fiance though, all of the things that Grant didn't know to take care of were things she felt he should know about - so to her it was a movie about a guy acting inexplicably dumb. I didn't see it that way. Then again, when watching "Hot Saturday" I was having trouble putting myself into the time period that the movie took place in; I understood the historical context, but mere understanding wasn't enough to overcome my dislike of the story being told. I think it's just more frustrating when you make a point of showing someone a movie you like, and the person you're showing it to doesn't see the things in it you seeing.
That came to mind because you mentioned that Mr. Blandings felt like a real situation not taken too far; I agree completely with that assessment. I was surprised that my fiance found the whole thing incredibly absurd.