Thursday, September 1, 2011
"Father of the Bride" 1950/1991
“Father of the Bride”
If a movie is remade, I like to sit back and compare the original with the remake. The original movie starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor as the father and bride was great. As Stanley Banks, Spencer Tracy is lovingly perplexed that his daughter could be old enough to get married. Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams step into the roles well giving it a modern twist without leaving the original sweetness behind.
I love the little differences between the two.
The updates are cute. Both give the sense that this is a father who loves his daughter very much.
The difference of forty years makes a difference financially as well . Spencer Tracy is freaked out about paying $1.25 a head for the wedding extravaganza that daughter Kay is throwing. Steve Martin wishes he was getting off that easy with Annie’s nuptials racking up to $250 a head.
Even the mothers of the bride are a little different. Ellie Banks regrets going to a justice of the peace and wants her daughter to have the big wedding she always wanted. Nina doesn’t seem to have a motivation beyond seeing her daughter have a special day.
There are lots of funny moments. Both movies have the trying on of the tuxedo.
Stanley T. Banks: Who giveth this woman? "This woman." But she's not a woman. She's still a child. And she's leaving us. What's it going to be like to come home and not find her? Not to hear her voice calling "Hi, Pops" as I come in? I suddenly realized what I was doing. I was giving up Kay. Something inside me began to hurt.
George: Who presents this woman? This woman? But she's not a woman. She's just a kid. And she's leaving us. I realized at that moment that I was never going to come home again and see Annie at the top of the stairs. Never going to see her again at our breakfast table in her nightgown and socks. I suddenly realized what was happening. Annie was all grown up and was leaving us, and something inside began to hurt.
I like the remake, I saw it first, but the original is a great retro look at the weddings of the fifties. They are both sweet and both spawned a sequel. That one veers wildly from the original and I will post on the differences between those some time.
One final note, while searching for pictures I found this kind of disturbing promotional photo. Gives the 1950 version a different tone.