Why is it that Gene Kelly keeps playing creepy, unsettling jerks in every movie, besides “Singin’ in the Rain”? In “The Pirate,” Kelly plays a traveling performer in the Caribbean, always trying to put the moves on every woman he sees, until he meets Manuela (Judy Garland) and tries to hypnotize her to fall in love with him, despite Manuela rejecting his offers every time. While the lengths that he goes to forcibly wins this girls’ heart are absurdly entertaining, his whole act of wowing her felt chauvinistic and disgusting, making “The Pirate” overwhelmingly unsettling. It is incredibly out-dated.
Final Grade: C-