“The Music Man” is a classic. I remember when it first came out with Robert Preston playing the lead of Harold Hill, and then in a High School production, I played Winthrop. So, I have fond memories of this musical. I was very pleased with this fresh interpretation. Matthew Broderick plays a very understated, but yet hypnotic Harold Hill. He manipulates the town folk of River City with ease, but then falls victim of the charms of the local librarian. I really enjoyed watching this version and found myself singing along to all the classic songs.
There are bonus materials in the DVD like a behind-the-scenes making of a musical and a special exclusive performance of “Till There Was You.”
Also, this is the first time I have actually liked a performance by Molly Shannon. Normally I find her overacting and childish antics a real turn-off. But in this film, as the mayor’s wife, I think she does a fine job.