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Author Topic: Blue Hawaii (1961)  (Read 1531 times)
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« on: June 05, 2016, 01:34:35 pm »

I always like to watch movies about the places where I am living.  When I was living in Colorado, I watched Red Dawn, Wargames, and Dumb and Dumber, which of course give you a sense of the history of the place.  Since moving to Hawaii I have watched The Hawaiians, From Here to Eternity, and I just added to my list Blue Hawaii (also one of my favorite cocktails). 

Blue Hawaii stars Elvis Presley as Chad who has just returned to his Hawaiian home after doing his military stint overseas.  Chad wants to live fancy free and enjoy the natural treasures of Hawaii, but his pineapple magnet father wants him to take over the family business.  Chad has other ideas and with the help of his girlfriend Miley and a convertible full of vacationing ladies, he is determined to make is dreams come true.  As you can imagine, wackiness ensues!

The movie is trite and filled with seemingly light-hearted sexist and racist comments, as well as other unintentional social faux pas that you should expect to be in a romantic comedy that wasn’t crafted to be seen with modern eyes.  I did have the thought, ”did women really have to put up with this kind of behavior as a social norm ?” The technicolor looked spectacular on the big screen and my young daughter enjoyed the dance/song numbers throughout the film.  Angela Lansbury plays Chad’s mother and I was left with the thought that she has been an old lady her entire life!  I was introduced to her through Murder She Wrote, but even in the early 60s she looked old. 

It was cool seeing places that we frequent today as they were in 1961.  Chad lives at Hanauma Bay, which you most likely visited if you have been to Hawaii.  It is a snorkeling mecca and State Park today. 

Bottom Line:
  This movie was part of a 4 Pack that I got from Amazon for about $5.  It was fun taking a trip back in time and my daughter and I enjoyed it.  This is a good family friendly throw back.

Please check out my blog at Backyard Movies thanks!
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