Next up is my S selection. A little bit of a hesitation as I walk into the last few letters. Mainly because I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for. Have you seen the original Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn? I reviewed it HERE. I love Audrey Hepburn. She is absolutely fantastic and inspiring. That movie was the first movie of Humphrey Bogart that I ever saw. So yeah, it was quite the memory. Some of you commented that this 1995 remake was better. I don’t know if I can agree but I’m giving it a shot now 😉
Let’s give it a go!
Director: Sydney Pollack
Cast: Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear, Julia Ormond, Nancy Marchand, John Wood, Lauren Holly
An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it.-IMDB
Its hard to go into Sabrina after seeing the original and not make a comparison. It is a remake after all. I saw the original Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden a little over a year ago. This year, this 1995 version that a few of you had mention you enjoyed more, landed on Netflix and what better time to add it to this line-up. Now, its hard to not be skeptical with a perfect cast like the original’s to go to watching Julia Ormond, Harrison Ford and especially Greg Kinnear. I always think the expectations you walk into a movie affects how you evaluate it. This might seem like a ramble but this cast, while still rather charming, doesn’t seem to match up quite so much. With lesser expectations despite the talented cast, I tried to stay optimistic.
1995 Sabrina is set in the 90s with the plot being widely the same thing. The story has not too many flaws and if anything, the remake focuses a bit more on Sabrina and Linus’s relationship than the previous. My memory could be playing games with me. Let’s put it this way from what I remember of the 1950s version to this one. What the original did well, this one lacks a little bit more on. For example, this one builds well on the story to give its character some chemistry but on casting and acting wise, Julia Ormond has a hard time comparing to Audrey Hepburn. Harrison Ford is alright as Linus. He can be serious and a ruthless businessman. No issues pulling that off but he can also be that man that changes into something more. However, Those two aren’t even my issues, Greg Kinnear was exactly as I expected, he didn’t match up to William Holden’s charm. The role of David Larrabee is a man of style and charm. He is all about fun and games and irresponsible. You know, the lesser son in a rich family that splurges on things and never steps in the office. I fully believe that if I lived in the 1950s, William Holden could sweep me off my feet any day. I mean, he’s be the fantasy guy that Sabrina would dream about, who knew the perfect way to woo a girl into his bed. Greg Kinnear…not so much. He’s not a bad actor but he just doesn’t fit the role. I mean, Sabrina had more chemistry and I honestly liked the French photographer guy who liked her in Paris more than when she was with David.
However, this remake has a few things going for it. One, it keeps a very elegant and charming music to match its scenes. And two, it gives focus to Linus’s character more. Harrison Ford is not Humphrey Bogart but they both have a different style to add to the character. For me, while Harrison Ford doesn’t do the same as Bogart’s portrayal, I actually do like it a little more. Maybe its because we are given time to warm up to him. Plus, the way the shots were done with their interaction really makes it deepen a relationship that both of them, especially Linus didn’t realize was happening. Those little nuances that they played with worked really well.
I’m talking a lot about the characters for this one and its really all I have to say about it. A remake is so similar in the storyline except for the decade that changes makes it hard to comment on . Sabrina is like the ugly duckling mixed Cinderella and it works for me. I can’t quite decide which I prefer more. I actually think that other than my extremely love with Audrey Hepburn and a better portrayal of William Holden that makes me want to watch Sabrina, I still think that this remake is a little more fun to watch (and maybe a little goofy and cheesy also).
Have you seen the original? How about this remake? Did you like it?