Bogart in colour!! Well that's a different opening line! But yeah that's the first thing that came in my head when I started watching this. The movie that finally gave old Bogey that well needed and deserved Oscar for best actor (or am I just biased that he is my favourite).
A movie with the greatest Actor and greatest Actress off all time (in my
view) together at last, was bound to be a marvelous film and good news
Bogey and Katharine Hepburn don't let us down. These two are sensational
together, I had hoped they would be but wow the fireworks between them
both is just phenomenal. Katharine Hepburn playing the fiery strong
willed woman (always the best for them type of roles) who even with eyes
full of tears is still strong, the perfect counter to Bogarts stubborn
and rouge like captain of his own destiny.
The setting is Africa and Bogart takes Hepburn on-board his little steam
vessel the "African Queen", this is because the Nazis have destroyed her
church. We follow their journey trying to avoid the Germans, to get
back home, but all is not as easy as that. Katharine Hepburn's Character
wants Bogey to build a Torpedo to destroy the main German vessel, to
aid the allied nations in the fight against the Germans, but this means sacrificing his own "African Queen". Will he do it who knows?
The conflicting personalities for one thing just keep them both
clashing, they are both so masterful, some great scenes involve Bogart
muttering about her under his breath will he's stoking a fire I love it.
They have to live together on this little boat, you can imagine what
happens. Let's say watching these two conflicting is like seeing their
own version of the war! I love seeing characters in films forced into situations where they have to be with someone who they can't stand,
even more so if its two strong willed characters let the fireworks
commence. One stand out scene Hepburn embarrassingly trying to get back
into the boat after a swim, Bogart has to help her "Close your eyes" she
says to him in embarrassment, I just love it. Poor Bogart has to stay in
the rain at one point because of her stubbornness, and he's so polite to
her, when you know what he really thinks ha ha. Like all films like this they do grow to get on with each other, the entertainment is all the buildup and tension between them both.
The Cinematography in this film is breathtaking, there is one or two
green screen in studio shots, but for the most this was filmed on
location in Africa, Hepburn even released a Diary of her exploits in
Africa with Bogart and his wife, Lauren Bacall. Africa looks fantastic,
well the scenes they show not from studio footage. For the most we
follow this boat down a real river in Africa its wonderful. Its great to just sit back and watch these two having their African adventure, the ups, the downs, the wildlife, the scenery, it all just backs up a brilliant movie.
This film obviously influenced more movies of its like for example
Father Goose with Cary Grant (1964) is very similar, but that too is a
great film once again two conflicting personalities, a boat and the
drink going missing, just like this film.
I really enjoy this film, its great to see American Film Institute's
number one Actor and Actress in something together, just like the AFI
these two in my view were the greatest of all time, it may not be either
of theirs best film, but to see them together is just wonderful.