Some like it hot is one of the most famous and greatest Marilyn Monroe movies ever. I have finally watched it and now I understand the hype. Some like it hot totally lives up to the expectation.
After my previous Marilyn Monroes reviews such as:
- Gentlemen prefer blondes or that Marilyn Monroe movie
- How to Marry a Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe
- The Seven Year Itch with Marilyn Monroe
…I put on Some like it hot with a little worry. All of the Marilyn Monroes movies I watched so far had one thing in common.
Marilyn plays dumb naive blond in all of them.
Not that there is anything wrong with that, she’s perfect for the part. I’m just tired of the same role over and over again. I just really hoped to see her act out something different from the standard set for her from Hollywood. She could do much more than that.
Marilyn still plays naive blond thirsting for a rich man to provide for her but in a very different way. In the previous ones, you pity her for being so dumb. In Some like it hot her naivety is very sneaky, she’s using herself as a weapon to get what she wants. She’s not as giggly as she was in the movies I saw before. Matured. Well aware of her own flaws. But still hot as hell.
As a millennial, I don’t have a lot of experience with black and white movies. My basic stereotypical understanding of old black and white movies is pretty obvious: Boring.
Therefore, I was very pleasingly surprised by how much I laughed during this movie.
Some like it hot is a romantic comedy from 1959 directed by Billy Wilder. It’s a story about 2 guys Joe and Jerry who play saxophone and bass in a jazz club. It’s in a prohibition Chicago time and the guys work in a speakeasy disguised as a funeral home owned by the gangsters. One day the place got railed by police so our main character fled the place. But later on, Joe and Jerry accidentally got in the middle of a gangster shoot-out and became hunted witnesses. In order to save themselves, they disguise themselves as women and join a girls band traveling to Florida. The lead singer of the girl band is our beloved Marilyn Monroe. The story gets more complicated when both of them fancy Marilyn and struggle to keep their coverage hidden even when the gangsters from the past come to Florida to get them.
The humor in this movie is so pure, on point, and quite respectful for a movie from 1959.
I’ve seen several movies where men disguise themselves as women and it’s never not funny. The idea is so simple yet so creative. It’s funny no matter the year.
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon were hilarious. Their behavior as women or their relationship, in general, was so entertaining.
Some like it hot has just a perfect opening scene. I believe the first few minutes are the most important part of any movie. I have a terrible attention span. If you don’t catch me at the beginning I’m not interested in what’s to come next. The opening scene in Some like it hot is funny, exciting, very shocking and it reveals the whole vibe of the movie.
What shocked me the most was the positive approach to a potential homosexual relationship.
To explain: a millionaire Osgood Fielding III falls in love with Jerry aka Daphne. He asks “her” to marry him and to keep their cover longer and get some money out of his Jerry agrees. The movie ends with Jerry/Daphne revealing he’s actually a man but Osgood is not at all bothered by that fact. he still wants to proceed with the marriage.
I understand it’s probably meant as a joke, but it’s still nice to see such pure and progressive jokes for that time.
Marilyn was brilliant and I’m super glad we got to see her finally acting properly in this movie and not just giggle around and be her. I think the movie would be good without her as well because the plot was very good, but she made it extra special by her presence. Any woman could take her part and be good at it but I don’t think any woman would be as good as Marilyn. Definitely my favorite movie of hers.