KISS ME, KATE REVIEWED
“Kiss Me, Kate” has always been the one show that I could never stomach. Everybody has their own inspired take on The Taming of the Shrew and all of their botched attempts are called Kiss Me, Kate. Naturally, there are still good ideas bubbling under the surface. It’s just that every attempt to make something that stands out will only produce yet more attempts to say Man Smart, Woman is Smarter. Gender differences are keen.
While I love Cole Porter, this wasn’t his best score. So many of the jokes and musical cues feel forced and cutesy. For the average theater goer, most theater might seem cutesy. However, when shows go cute…they keep focused on the stage aesthetic. This film, this production and even the script wants you to know that everything is staged and keeps calling attention to its facade. That works for Brecht, but it’s a bit tired here. Still, it’s a classic.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track