The Unexpected Blogathon – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)


This is my 2nd of 3 reviews for The Unexpected Blogathon 2018 being hosted by Rebecca of Taking Up Room.

Tnx for letting me partake Rebecca!

“Meeting him across the lawn for the first time would be so ordinary. I don’t want to be just introduced to him. I want it to be something strange and romantic and something I’ll always remember. ” – Esther Smith

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – As their family plans a move from St. Louis  to New York City, four sisters deal with life and love in the months leading up to the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been meaning to watch for quite some time and finally got the opportunity to do so for this blogathon because I truly didn’t know what to expect from it.

The film is a holiday film that is meant to be quite inspirational yet fails to be as enjoyable as one would hope.

Many of the songs featured in this musical have become quite iconic and are part of the array of songs known far and wide when it comes to Yule-tide songs.

The story itself works fine but it feels a bit too average and seems to be lacking something that would make it that much more enjoyable and inspirational.

I can understand how many people can like this feel-good type of premise yet it just didn’t do it for me because something is missing along the way that would have made it much more enjoyable.

Bottom Line – Interesting holiday film that just doesn’t feel as inspirational as one might hope. The songs are great and some have become quite iconic based on their appearance in this film. The story itself is fine and works even if it feels quite average and unoriginal throughout. I can understand how this can be a feel-good type of film yet something is missing that would make it even better and much more enjoyable.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The success of the film had encouraged MGM to create further movies involving the Smith family and was to be based on further tales of Sally Benson’s family. MGM wanted to make sort of a deluxe color group of serials in the spirit of the popular “Andy Hardy” series. A proposed sequel titled “Meet Me in Manhattan” was in the works in which the Smith family actually moved to New York. (This happened in real life to Sally Benson’s family.) However, the project never got out of planning stages and the film was never made. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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3 thoughts on “The Unexpected Blogathon – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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