Roman Holiday

At midnight, I’ll turn into a pumpkin and drive away in my glass slipper.–Ann


Who’s in it:

  • Audrey Hepburn as Ann, a princess
  • Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley, an American reporter
  • Oliver Wendell Douglas as Irving Radovich, a photographer

What it’s about (per IMDB):

“A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.”

What I liked about it:

It delivers what you expect from the synopsis and more. Hepburn won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. She’s great in it, and watching her and Gregory Peck having an adventure in Rome in 1953 is every bit as satisfying as it sounds like it would be. If you like romantic comedies at all, you should drop whatever you’re doing, make yourself a cup of tea, and go watch Roman Holiday; it really doesn’t get any better than this. There’s more to it than that though. Hepburn’s no manic pixie dream girl here. It’s about her character arc, not Joe Bradley’s. He changes his mind. She changes. It’s a bit heavy-handed, but no less satisfying for being so, and the overall tonal shift at the end is as deftly accomplished as any.

What I didn’t like about it:

Ummmm, well, let’s see there’s that one moment where . . . . Nah, that was okay. Yeah, I got nothing. And neither does almost everyone else who’s seen it. Roman Holiday has a 98% critic rating and a 94% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s going on my list of chicken soup for the soul movies.


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