Gigi is a by-the-numbers musical, with an exorbitant production value that manages to elevate the film above the rest. If it weren’t for this, however, the film would just be your average non-adaptation of My Fair Lady.
Now, I’m not saying this is a poor film held aloft solely on it’s huge production value. This is a good film at its core. I’m just not convinced that the film is really as great as it’s cracked up to be. To me, most of what people love about the film are the shiny baubles of the production itself, not because the story or screenplay are excellent. Then again, you can only really get so good with musicals, and Gigi is about as good as they can come. The songs are delightful, the performances are equally well done (especially the titular Leslie Caron), and of course, that damn production value is through the roof.
Can I recommend this to people, musical fans and regular moviegoers alike? Yes, I can, but not because it’s one of the best films of all time. It really isn’t even one of the best musicals. But it is a nice escape and a very well done film for what it does have.
Arbitrary Rating: 8/10