Sabrina (1954) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

First of all, this movie has nothing to do with Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Instead, it is one of the most charming and elegant comedies ever made. Audrey Hepburn is widely regarded as one of the most sophisticated actresses ever to grace the silver screen, and she is just as fantastic in this film as her other ravishing performances throughout her illustrious career. Therefore, Sabrina remains one of the best films of all time even though it is an underrated classic that has not achieved the same level of fame as some of Audrey Hepburn’s other motion pictures.

A Toast

Sabrina is definitely one of Audrey Hepburn’s best films.  Humphrey Bogart’s most iconic film might be Casablanca (1942), but he does a phenomenal job as the male lead in this black-and-white classic.  Even though this film is a romantic love story, it explores that theme on a deeper level compared to other films that some might consider trite.  It is no surprise that this film would have a brilliant Oscar-nominated screenplay, and the plot is so compelling that a remake in 1995 was basically inevitable.  Therefore, this film is just as classy and sophisticated as its leading lady.

Verdict

The romantic comedy is a very popular genre that has been around since the inception of cinema.  This film might not be as iconic as some of Audrey Hepburn’s other award-winning classics, but it can still cast a spell over its audiences without the need for Melissa Joan Hart’s incantations.

Sabrina (1954) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Audrey Hepburn provides voice-over narration

Have a Fancy Drink: for each of Edith Head’s Oscar-winning costumes

Drink a Shot: every time the name “Sabrina” is spoken

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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