Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance and Adaptation
Directed by: Blake EdwardsJJ Rating: B+
A girl named Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) lives a life of pleasing and teasing men. A man named Paul Varjak (George Peppard) has a sugar mama who bought him a nice spot that so happens to make him Holly’s neighbor. Her aloofness coupled with her choice to ignore attachments and claim ignorance is the wrinkle he tries to iron out as he falls helplessly in love with her. Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
I want to end on a higher note so I’m going to get the frustration I have with this movie out of the way first and foremost. I have never seen this movie and from what I had seen of it they were stills or little clips of Hepburn’s lines; so I had no clue about certain characters. One in particular is where my soul frustration lies. Mickey Rooney is someone I find amusing and was trying to figure out who he was in the film. It dawned on me, after a couple of scenes, that he was Mr. Yunioshi the owner of the building Holly lived in. I admit he is a funny character but I could not understand why they needed Rooney to play a Japanese character when there were Japanese actors who could have done it. What they thought a Japanese person looks like based on the make up is offensive. It’s like those hatful political cartoons they made during WWII. I’m half Japanese and was kind of sad to see that. I would have liked to really like the film but that part just irks me even though I did find some of the things he said funny.
Hepburn was perfect in this role. She was very magnetic and alluring and fashionable. Her mannerisms were so prissy and primped. The way she spoke was like an expensive diamond that has been well polished and refined. She emanated exactly what her character was supposed to. Because there are several scenes that have her shooing men off of her and it’s easy to understand why they are so drawn to her
George Peppard was like wallpaper; he was there but so what? He was noticeable and good looking but he made sure no one had to guess who the true star of the film was; it wasn’t him, if you don’t get the subtle hint. Patricia Neal was the older woman, the sugar mama, and she had few scenes but made herself memorable by the way she smiled, carried herself and said her lines like a confident woman who had a toy but knew she had a limited time.
The story was simple. It runs about 2 hours long and for me I didn’t feel it. Normally with romantic comedies I can feel the drag of 2 hours because they don’t know what to do with that much time. Breakfast at Tiffany’s held true to the characters and their lives instead becoming overly dramatic or down right stupid with the comedy. Everything that Holly did had a reason to it; like not naming her cat. It all focused on what was wrong with her and why she could not get what it was she wanted even though she thought she knew what it was she desired.
I enjoyed Breakfast at Tiffany’s and I would see it again. I would own it but because of the way the Japanese character makes me feel I cannot do that. I think that it is possible to remake this movie because there are people that can fill these shoes. I read somewhere that Amy Adams could play Holly and I agree. I think Adams has the bubbly aloof nature that is needed to pull off a remake. The sugar mama could be played by Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager) because she not only looks similar to the actress she has the right voice and for sure could pull off the mannerisms. For Paul it can really almost be any young actor that could pull it off and that’s the same with Mr Yunioshi, as long as they are Chinese/Japanese they can pull off what is needed for the character without having to go through artificial means.
“Moon River” was the song of the movie and they even played it as the score during certain parts. It was done over and over again. I was very close to hating that song, but prior to me becoming that enraged over a stinking song from a film the movie ended. Lucky them.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of those movies that everyone should see. Not everyone will like it but they surely will see what a great character Holly is and what a wonderful actress Audrey Hepburn was. They will also see what a great story can do without having to have all the sex some movies insist on having when their characters are in the same situations as these were. There were hints of sex and what was going on behind close doors but nothing was shown, nor did it have to.
Tiffany’s was used in the film because Holly loved the store. She stated that it was perfect in every way and how nothing bad could ever happen in there. It was her bubble. I do love the first scene with her standing there looking in wearing that hot get-up. I find it funny that she led those men around like lost puppies and I so get it because I felt like a lost puppy staring at her in that scene. Breakfast at Tiffany’s brings out the little boy who was so fascinated by that one girl, the untouchable one. It brings out the lost puppy in the hearts of men.