Jupiter's Darling (MOD)

Esther Williams stars as the beautiful woman whose love saves Rome in this whimsical musical delight.


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Jupiter's Darling
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

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    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (4)
  • Classic style (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Entertainment (4)
  • Everyone (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (6), Avid reader (3), Collector (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

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1.0

Weak and boring

By Movielover

from Hemet, CA

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Pros

    Cons

    • Boring
    • Long
    • Slow

    Best Uses

      Comments about Jupiter's Darling:

      Probably the single waekest of Esther's movies. Very slow and overlong. The only good part is the water ballet.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Esther's Elephantine Musical Swim-Song

      By Doctor Mabuse

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Movie Buff

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Big Production
      • Cinemascope
      • Classic
      • Colorful
      • Engaging
      • Entertaining
      • Esther Williams
      • Funny
      • Great Dancing
      • Great Set Design
      • Great Singing
      • Great Swimming
      • High Production Value
      • Howard Keel
      • Marge And Gower Champion
      • Mgm Musical
      • Satirical
      • Stereo Sound
      • Tuneful

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Entertainment
      • Everyone

      Comments about Jupiter's Darling:

      This witty send-up of the gargantuan movie historical Epics of the era stands with Kelly & Sinatra's TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME among the best of Esther Williams' aquatic musicals. Esther's terrific and at her most gorgeous, yet the movie truly belongs to the great Howard Keel at his swaggering best as handsome Hannibal, bellowing his glorious baritone whilst leading the elephants across the Alps on "The Road to Rome".

      Williams and Keel had previously co-starred in the fluffy musicomedies PAGAN LOVE SONG and TEXAS CARNIVAL, but JUPITER'S DARLING is a full-blown musical Epic in its own right, with an integrated score by Harold Rome. (Except for a dream ballet, even Esther's swimming scenes are integral to the story.) Exciting support is lent by the ace dance team Marge and Gower Champion (GIVE A GIRL A BREAK, EVERYTHING I HAVE IS YOURS) had co-starred with Keel in SHOW BOAT (1951) and LOVELY TO LOOK AT. Overlooked among MGM Musicals, this CinemaScope spectacular is ripe for rediscovery.

      The restored Warner Archive DVD-R looks and sounds great. Except for a portion of one musical scene included in THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III, the film is presented in widescreen and stereo sound for the first time since its original theatrical release.

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      5.0

      Great Esther Williams movie

      By bbryant

      from Rio Rancho, NM

      About Me Audiophile, Avid Reader, Collector, Movie Buff

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      Pros

      • Classic
      • Entertaining
      • Funny

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Entertainment
        • Everyone

        Comments about Jupiter's Darling:

        This movie is different from other Esther Williams movies. The under water scenes are very appealing. The movie is presented in a very entertaining manner. It is great entertainment.

        Beware and be advised the disc is a recordable disc.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Spectacular Spoof of Historical Epics

        By Bill

        from Lakewood, CO

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        Pros

        • Spectacle
        • Witty Songs

        Cons

        • Eastman Color
        • Soft Audio

        Best Uses

        • Home Theater

        Comments about Jupiter's Darling:

        It is ironic that the Warner Archive released this, the last (and biggest) of Esther's MGM musicals, at about the same time that she passed from the scene. Now, all 16 of her starring musicals have been released on DVD.

        This mammoth musical was made during the period when the MGM honchos thought they could lure audiences back into theaters with CinemaScope and stereo sound, but alas, television won the battle and the war. This particular film was rejected by audiences and critics alike; everyone agreed that Howard Keel looked and sounded great as the mighty Hannibal, but Esther Williams as his seductress? C'mon, already!

        But what everybody failed to recognize was that this movie is a delightful parody of the overblown historical epics that were being churned out by all of the studios during this period. They say that satire always risks being mistaken for the very thing being satirized, and perhaps that is what happened in this case. At any rate, the passage of time and the decline of sword-and-sandal epics has allowed the movie's delights to be seen more clearly.

        Some of those delights include: Esther's underwater ballet with a bunch of lively Roman statues (how did they keep that white make-up from washing off?); two lively dance numbers by the great Marge and Gower Champion (one with a bunch of Hannibal's elephants); an exciting underwater chase, filmed in one of central Florida's crystal-clear lakes; Hannibal's hairy hordes singing a stirring march as they prepare for battle (not once, not twice, not thrice, but...); and finally, a full-scale battle scene with a cast of hundreds (the trailer claims thousands). All of this is accompanied by a half dozen clever songs, both romantic and satirical.

        Included on the DVD is a long musical outtake in which George Sanders sings (he had a marvelous baritone voice) and the Champions perform a third dance. This DVD's image is about par for early CinemaScope and Eastman Color, with noticeable softness and grain (and further degradation during visual effects scenes). The colors are accurate and the print shows only slight damage. The audio is a bit mushy, making it hard to understand some of songs, and that's a pity.

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        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Esther, Howard, Gower and Marge what mor

        By Jett

        from Phila., PA

        About Me Avid Reader, Collector, Movie Buff

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        Pros

        • Entertaining

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Entertainment
          • Everyone

          Comments about Jupiter's Darling:

          Remastering makes all films New!

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          • No

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fun! Fun! Fun!

          By Jeffrey

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Avid Reader, Collector, Movie Buff

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Classic
          • Engaging
          • Entertaining
          • Esther Williams
          • Mgm
          • Musical

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Entertainment
            • Everyone

            Comments about Jupiter's Darling:

            Esther Williams, water, Howard Keel & MGM in the glory days...perfect! Fun story & beautiful restoration.

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