RETRO REVIEW: Some Like it Hot

By: Emily Kellas
Rating: 9.5 out of 10

*This is a NEW section of Reel-2-Reality, called RETRO REVIEW.  The crew will be looking at old films that have stood the test of time, and look at them from the perspective of our generation.*

Nothing says classic like cross-dressing, which is precisely why the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot stands the test of time. Directed by the famed Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot is a Hollywood classic that showcases the talents of Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and, the timeless Marilyn Monroe.

When two musicians (Joe – played by Curtis and Jerry – played by Lemmon) accidentally witness a mob shooting, the two down and out performers must go on the run. In order to make money and get out of mob infested Chicago, they disguise themselves as women and join a traveling female band.

For those of you who have found it hard to jump head on into the world of classic cinema, this film is the perfect starting point. The humor and sexuality is reminiscent of today’s romantic comedies. Lemmon and Curtis together deliver as a comedy duo (Curtis as the straight man, and Lemmon as the goof). They transform into two of the ugliest women in film history, Josephine (Joe) and Daphne (Jerry).

Marilyn Monroe gives one of her most highly acclaimed performances as Sugar Kane Kowalski, lead singer, vixen, at times painfully clueless, and overall resident troublemaker in the female band. Monroe’s vivacious sexuality and naivety not only jumps off the screen and nearly slaps you in the face, but also fuels the comedic situations between Sugar and the gender-oscillating Joe/Josephine.
Shot in black and white Some Like It Hot manages to captivate despite its lack of color. For you special effects fans and actions buffs there is even a little something for you found among the car chases, mob hits, and foot races. Shot mostly on location in San Diego, California at the Hotel Del Coronado, the film carries a laid back, bright, fun feeling throughout.

Some Like It Hot is a riot, and a fantastic, well-crafted film that will make the most anti-black and white person giggle aloud. Its comedy and sex appeal connects with the present making it relevant, and dare I say it… enjoyable, to audiences today. So boys throw on a wig, and girls pop on a tie as you take a chance on a film that just may surprise you.



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