A Great Film Achievement
"Guess Who's Coming To
Dinner" is a remarkable motion picture - a love story of today.
It is light. It is essentially serious. It is a beautifully controlled story set in the fidelity of human relationships. It has a point and a counterpoint. It has action and interaction that swirl intriguingly.
San Francisco is the setting. The tale spans twelve hours - from noon until the midnight jet for New York. The time and place set no limits on the comedy, the sophistication, the irony, the insight into the character and personality of two lovers and two sets of parents. This original screen story takes a frank, fundamental look at the emotional responses of people to people. As the song says, "It's the story of, it's the glory of love."
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn are reunited here for their ninth picture. They are a remarkable acting team. (This is Mr. Tracy's farewell film appeareance.) Sidney Poitier, for perhaps the first time in his motion picture career, expands his acting into all areas of feeling. He tingles with warmth. He trembles with rage. He loves. He is loved.
There are no omissions. No deficiences. From Katharine Houghton's debut to Cecil Kellaway's conscience-probing characterization to Beah Richards' maternal masterpiece to all elements of acting, writing, producing and directing there is total and superb consistency.
The original music by DeVol graphically illustrates the chaotic world of change in
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." He is informative. Searching. Cosmopolitan. DeVol has taken his film score and expanded it into a stimulating album. His recording is versatile, veteran, vigorous. The music has a motion and a meaning. It is humorous. It is humble. It prances. It possesses. It polarizes. It is dinner music to delight in.
"Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" gives food for thought. It knows what questions to ask. It answers with candor.
This dinner affair has taste and gusto. It is entirely entertaining.
-- MORT GOODE