A Bargain At Any Price — 6 years ago
More people know about You’ve Got Mail, the remake, than the original movie. So most people will know the general plot: two people who can’t stand each other in real life fall in love through correspondence. Which is a satisfactory summary of the plot, I suppose, but it doesn’t give a good indication of how good the movie is. The story is much more than the fluff piece that plot summary would indicate. The acting’s great too: James Stewart puts in a fine performance and tones down the stumbling aw-shucks personality (or hadn’t started charicaturing himself yet, one of the two), while Margaret Sullivan easily matches his level with a performance of impressive range. The rest of the actors create memorable characters that are just barely 2.5-dimensional, but their interactions are amusing and they create a great supporting cast for the leads. The set design is great too; the store looks like a place you’d actually want to shop in, and you don’t get bored with it, which is impressive for a movie that’s more than 50% inside one location. The Shop Around The Corner is a good movie full of romance, comedy, and drama that should be watched more often by more people.