Re-Viewed – Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot almost always appears at the top of any comedy film list and it’s not hard to see why. From the cartoonishly violent scenes that begin the story, to the raw sensuality of Marilyn Monroe, there is something here for everyone. Children will enjoy the slapstick and the jittery, hilarious performance of Jack Lemmon; adults will enjoy three stars right at the top of their game.
The plot revolves around two (male) musicians who witness a mob hit and escape by joining an all-girls band. The men turn to drag to disguise themselves from the pursuing hit men but find their choice of disguise is a drawback when they wish to embark on romantic liaisons.
Lemmon, clearly having the time of his life, jumps and pops on the screen like a jack-in-the-box, delivering the only Oscar nominated performance in the film.
Monroe, sexy and vulnerable, was never so lovely as she was here, heartbreaking when you think that a mere three years later she was gone. Tony Curtis, for once not the prettiest actor on set, ups his acting game.
Billy Wilder’s film has everything that makes life what it is: tragedy, humour, violence, romance and, therefore, has something for everyone. No wonder then that it has become one of the most beloved films of the last fifty years.