Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sabrina vs. Sabrina

The other night I made my husband watch the 1995 version of Sabrina. I picked this film because I really wanted to watch a girly, romantic movie that my husband can also enjoy. And since Harrison Ford is in some of my husband's favorite movies, I figured this would be a good option. It's basically the same as Indiana Jones, really.

So a lot of people (by "a lot" I mean just a few) argue passionately (by which I mean, discuss briefly) which version of Sabrina is superior: 1995 or 1954. Despite my loyalties to films made before 1970, I have to say I think I prefer the new Sabrina, and here's why:

1. Harrison Ford. Look, Humphry Bogart could never even come close to comparing to the loveliness, manliness, and general awesomeness of Harrison Ford. He is dreamy. Humphry? Old. Kinda ugly. No comparison.

2. The mom. Holy smokes, the mom in the new Sabrina is a riot!

3. Sabrina doesn't try to kill herself. It always very much bothers me when Audrey Hepburn tries to kill herself over David in the old one. It's very extreme and kind of disturbing.

4. Harrison Ford. Yeah, he's that important.

Now I'm not saying I don't love the old Sabrina because I do. And I am an Audrey Hepburn fan, she may be better than the new girl. It's just that, the whole point of a romantic comedy is to feel warm fuzzy at the end. To get us so sucked into the love story that we lose touch with reality and are incapable of having normal relationships in real life on account of the inflated expectations of love and romance that these films provide. The old one just doesn't do that for me.

1 comment:

Bob said...

I just discovered your entry "Old Movies for Young People" on, which led me to this blog. Good stuff and I will check in regularly in the future.

As to Sabrina vs. Sabrina, a good rule of thumb is that the original is ALWAYS better than the remake. While you make a case with Ford v. Bogart, you never mention Greg Kinear instead of William Holden. That piece of casting cancels out any advantage that Ford has over Bogie.

On you next old movie night, try "Double Indemnity" with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray. This is a true classic.

You might also want to check out my blog, The Grandstander, at I do things other than movies, but that is a big part of it.