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Much Loved Family Classic,
This review is from: The King And I: 2-disc [Special Edition] [DVD] (DVD)
'The King and I' is a much-loved family classic because it combines catchy songs with lush sets and an endearing, entertaining storyline. Like many musicals, it is overlong (I feel that musicals work best at about a 100 minute run time) and over-the-top, but it is wonderful escapism that the whole family can enjoy.
Yul Brynner won an Oscar for his turn as the King Of Siam, and he is very good in the role. English-rose Deborah Kerr plays her usual English rose role, as the live-in-governess to the King Of Siam's many, many children. Her Anna is a lovely, steadying presence to the theatrics of many other cast members (including Brynner). Kerr did play a lot of variations on the same role, but her acting talent gives each performance a slightly different quality.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical numbers are great, as usual, and the set design is magnificent. The scale of this production was remarkable in 1950's Hollywood, and it still looks very impressive, even to the modern eye.