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Sabrina (1995) (DVD)
A remake of a 1954 Billy Wilder romance, this updated version of the pla y Sabrina Fair was directed by Sydney Pollack. Julia Ormond stars as Sab rina Fairchild, the daughter of a kindly chauffeur (John Wood) at the Lo ng Island estate of the upper crust Larrabee fam ily. Sabrina has grown up enchanted from afar with the Larrabees' sparkling world of privilege and wealth, but she's especially enam ored of younger Larrabee brother D avid (Greg Kinnear), a charming womanizer. After the once plain Sabrina returns from a sojourn in Paris transformed into a remarkably poised and attractive young woman, she at long last catches David's eye. In a calc ulated effort to manipulate David away from her and into a more financia lly advantageous marriage, older brother Linus (Harrison Ford) pretends to woo Sabrina himself, but finds himself unintentionally falling in lo ve.]]>
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I love the performance of Julia Ormond as well as Harrison Ford. I also enjoyed the interaction of Greg Kinnear and Nancy Marchand as well as Richard Crenna, Angie Dickenson, John Wood and Lauren Holly.
Of course, the unthinkable happens and the younger son falls for her. The older brother, a man much older than the innocent Sabrina steps in to intervene. They spend some time together and he falls for her innocence and charm.
It is a simple romance film that holds no surprises. It is fun to watch the story unfold and the characters The film is often line for line from the original movie and the ending is sweet and predictable. It is one of the reasons I enjoy it. It is an easy watch.
Ford is really good at the facial expressions and Ormond is so innocent and believable. Also, the story line is well written with slight unpredictability but not so much as to make you have to figure too much out.
The movie is sweet and it is a lovely Cinderella story (time in Paris is a much better fairy god mother!). If you want a light romantic comedy that's well acted and enjoyable to watch. You won't be dissappointed.
I personally enjoy this version more than the 1954 original because Harrison Ford's character has more depth than Humphrey Bogart's. Harrison Ford and Bogart both have deadpan humor which is funny in different ways, but the way Harrison Ford's character is written is more believable, as this version spends more time on the development of his relationship with Sabrina and his inner transformation. I really like the writing for this 1995 remake. It is filled with ambiguity between Ford's character and Sabrina about where their relationship is at, and both Ford's character and we the audience often don't know to what extent Ford is being manipulative and to what extent he's falling in love. The conversations they have as their relationship develops are very well written. I enjoy each way this remake movie changes things from the original, and I feel like the flavor is a little more realistic and a little less farcical than the original, which is part of why I prefer it over the original. Mainly I love Harrison Ford as a leading man in a romantic comedy where he doesn't have to do action stuff. He has a depth and sincerity, and the necessary deadpan humor, which are needed for this kind of part. Someone with a more externalized charisma like Clark Gable or George Clooney couldn't do that kind of role, but Harrison Ford can, and I consider him one of my favorite present-day actors.