Film: Star!

Opened: October 22, 1968

Directed by: Robert Wise

Starring: Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Michael Craig, Daniel Massey, Robert Reed, Bruce Forsyth, Beryl Reid, John Collin, Alan Oppenheimer, Richard Karlan, Lynley Laurence, Garrett Lewis, Anthony Eisley, Jock Livingston, J. Pat O’Malley, Harvey Jason & Matilda Calnan

Slight in comparison to director Robert Wise and star Julie Andrews’ previous collaboration, The Sound of Music, Star! is an underrated movie-musical that showcases Andrews’ acting skills.

Starting with Gertrude Lawrence (Andrews) watching a documentary about her life, her story unfolds from her days working as a vaudeville performer to becoming a star on the West End and Broadway. She always keeps a close connection with childhood friend Noël Coward (Daniel Massey), who rises to fame alongside her.

Playing famous faces of yesterday, Andrews and Massey both have energy that’s unmatchable whether acting as their characters or having their characters act onstage. Massey also has an upper hand as Coward was his real-life godfather.

The film has a long runtime with many slow parts, but the extravagant musical numbers make up for it.

Final say: Dim but trying to shine. ★★★☆☆

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