Monday, June 11, 2012
Movie Review: Brigadoon
While hunting in Scotland, two rich men from America stumble upon a mysterious village that isn’t on the map. When one of the hunters falls in love with a young woman in the village, his curiosity leads him to find out the village’s secret. It turns out that the village is miraculously protected due to the sacrifice of its former minister, and only seen by the outside world once every one hundred years. The hunter realizes that he must choose between leaving his present life behind to stay in this magical village forever with the woman he loves, or returning to his normal life and never seeing the woman he loves again. As he ponders this choice, a malcontent will threaten the existence of the village, and with it, the woman the hunter loves.
Brigadoon is a colorful fantasy musical from the 1950s that should have been enjoyable for the whole family. The spiritual themes had a lot of promise, even if the theology was a bit murky, but unfortunately it ends up too tainted by Hollywood to live up to the promise of the themes. A supposed innate aversion to marriage by men, a distorted view of love, and various other small issues drain some of the enjoyment from the film. Brigadoon has some of the most brilliant uses of sets that I’ve ever seen, but you may still occasionally notice the artificial backgrounds. Overall, it’s an interesting and fun movie, but felt haunted by what it could have been. The notable content is mild and typical for the era: Some brief violence, immodesty, kissing, and an instance of vague innuendo.
(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner