The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks

DVD - 2001
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Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. Little do these love-birds know, however, that their fathers are actually good friends who've hatched a plan--with the help of a mystical roving side-show and its equally mysterious ring master--to get these lovers down the aisle! But be careful what you wish for, because to bring these families together, they must first be torn apart!

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Nursebob
Dec 19, 2014

Teeming with bright candy colours and deliberately exaggerated performances, The Fantastick’s light fairytale feel belies its scholarly origins. Inspired by centuries of romantic tradition, from Roman mythology to Shakespeare and beyond, the play’s deceptively simple script is rife with literary archetypes that tickle the intellect while its unapologetic sentimentality appeals to the dreamer in all of us. Ritchie keeps the sets and effects simple enough, a giddy boat ride through the “Tunnel of Love” has a delightful vaudevillian edge to it, but the cast seems uncomfortable with the quirky dialogue and the widescreen cinematography dilutes much of the play’s more fanciful elements. Even so, the songs are just as wonderfully corny as ever and still manage to make us pause and remember that certain September...

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