Finian’s Rainbow (1968) Rated G

Finian's RainbowA mysterious Irishman comes to a small southern town to bury a stolen pot of gold, hoping that it will grow. Unbeknownst to him, the leprechaun he stole it from follows him to get his gold back. Based on the book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy. Starring Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele.

I’ve wanted to see this film for ages. I was hoping it would be as enjoyable as I had hoped. It wasn’t. It had its moments: Fred Astaire dancing, Petula Clark singing, Tommy Steele as a leprechaun turned mortal. What I mostly struggled with was the music. I love musicals, but none of the songs moved me. There wasn’t a one that I made me want to sing along.  Perhaps, if I saw it on the stage, it would have translated better, but I’m not so sure.  Even the jokes felt dated.  I wish I could have enjoyed this film more than I did. It wasn’t worth a watch.


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