I haven't seen this movie in a while, but I remember liking it. I got to see it again as a part of the classics series at the theater at which I volunteer. Looking back at this film, it does not hold up as well as I would expect at all.
The story of the film is good enough. It drags in a few places and is way too long, but the characters are definitely well-developed. Although well developed, however, they are also extremely stereotypical portrayals of the race. I know that it was the standard in the time, much of the cast is whitewashed and portrays very offensively stereotypical Asian characters. That being said, there are still some really great elements in the plot. For example, the play that was written by one of the characters as an adaptation of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was really great.
There were definitely some impressive cinematic elements to this film too. The musical numbers are catchy and well-choreographed. The cinematography is beautiful, showing the extravagant production design of the castle extremely well.
So overall, "The King and I" definitely has some great elements, but it's hard to get past the overbearing racist elements and some of the slower parts. It's something worth seeing, but it is by no means something I would watch repeatedly.
The King and I
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably, but not often.
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