Cinema {ish} With Jennifer: Yankee Doodle Dandy

AFI # 98: Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942

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What I “Think” The Movie is about

A biography of the life of The great Babe Ruth, his time with the New York Yankees and the rest of his historic 35-year career.

The Real Review

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Is he a leprechaun or Pilgrim?

“A man named George falls in love with a girl named Mary and meets an angel named Clarence. Wait, different George, wrong movie, let’s start again. A man named Cohen..I mean Cohan is nervous when the President of the United States Donald Trump  Franklin Delano Roosevelt summons him to the oval office. While there, Cohan is presented with a Medal of commendation and has flashbacks with the President about his time as a struggling tap dancing leprechaun all the way to his Broadway staring days. Cohan is very thankful to the President for the recognition. His mother is thankful, his father his thankful, his sister is thankful, and I’m pretty sure his hamster, Atriums is also thankful.”

                         Wrong George and Mary          Right George and Mary

      Wrong (Cohen) and President              Right (Cohan) and President

This movie surprised me in many ways. This was a musical and NOT a baseball movie as I had hoped it would be.

Also, it is a true story and based on a real person. I didn’t know that! This discovery was made when George mentions his sister as “Being gone now.” I asked myself, “Where did she go? Did she die, did she go to market, to the salon to get her nails done?” I need details George. After consulting the great and powerful Wikipedia, I began to see facts on what I thought was a fictional character only to realize that these people were REAL!

Another surprise was the music! With the exception of a few songs, I was very familiar with most of the tunes. Give My regards to Broadway, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and my favorite (thanks to the Golden Girls) Over There.

I enjoyed the movie, but I must admit I had to watch it twice to fully understand what was going on (I’m not stupid, I swear). The flashback didn’t help, then I kept confusing George’s sister for his would-be wife. I asked my husband 3 times “Now is that his girlfriend or his sister? Oh, they are kissing, I hope it’s his girlfriend.”

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The dancing is what really caught my eye! When I saw the name ‘Cagney’ in the opening credits my mind immediately went to great, it’s a “tough guy film.” When I saw it was a musical I then became worried because “surely this guy can’t dance.” WRONG! He sang and danced through-out the whole film and it was wonderful! In fact I replayed several scenes over and over again almost because I was so taken with his skills. So taken in fact, I tried to copy his moves at home. I’ll let you know when I find my knee caps again. Thankfully I don’t have access to a stair case, I probably would have broken my neck!

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Are you a fan of Yankee Doodle Dandy and want to watch along with me? Click HERE to read my ‘live’ scene reactions while I watched this movie for the first time.

Also, are you looking for a serious review of this movie and the rest of movies on AFI’s greatest 100 list? Check out the The Confusing Middle and read his thoughts!

3 movies down, 97 to go. Next up, Blade Runner!

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for the link!

    I’ll be honest, every time I come across a large staircase (which, thankfully isn’t often) I remember that final scene of Cagney tapping his way down the steps and I’m slightly tempted to try (and fail) to do something not remotely similar. I don’t give in to that temptation because I know I would fall and probably die. Impressive moves, though.

    1. your welcome on the link! After i finished writing my “take” I scooted over to your page to see what your review was! I thought others might want to do it as well!

      Im still trying to master walking down a stair case like a normal person. Ill leave the dancing to Cagney ha!

      1. Where I live, my bedroom is upstairs, the bathroom is downstairs. So, in the middle of the night, if I wake up and have to go, it means going down the stairs in the dark. Since I can’t see the steps, I count my way down. Because I know if I miss one, I’m definitely going to die. Stairs aren’t meant to be played on. Or danced on.

      2. Oh goodness! that could be dangerous..my biggest obstacle is a cat that insists on sleeping on the bathmat right at the bathroom door. nothing wakes you up more than a shrieking cat at 3 in the morning lol

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