FINIAN’S RAINBOW REVIEWED
“Finian’s Rainbow” was Coppola’s first major studio film and the results are weird. Yeah, it’s an older film set in Kentucky. It gets the typical stereotypes and paints with a broader brush than you saw in “April Love”. What it does do right is tie in the area’s obsession with smoking to a bizarre musical about greed and immigrants. If that sounds interesting, then get ready for 2 hours and 25 minutes of that goodness.
Fred Astaire shows a great deal of flexibility in his old age. Still, he’s headline a film where only Keenan Wynn can match up in talent. Petula Clark was quite a singer, but her acting felt underwhelming. Then, there’s Tommy Steele. I know that a ton of older musical fans dug what Steele brought to the film. I’m not seeing it. Steele had to play a leprechaun slowly turning human due to Astaire burying the little guy’s gold near Fort Knox.
Everyone bounces off each other in a mix of greedy contempt/musical wonder. If you’re looking for major character turns, you don’t get anything that feels earned. I can see why Coppola would later get heavily involved in writing the films he directed. Fun fact: George Lucas was a student observer/Coppola assistant during this movie.
- Coppola Introduction and Commentary
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 3/7/17
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 94%94%
- Supplemental Material - 94%94%
- Film Score - 92%92%
The Plot Thus Far
An Irish immigrant and his daughter move into a town in the American South with a magical piece of gold that will change people’s lives, including a struggling farmer and African American citizens threatened by a bigoted politician.
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