Is it just me, or does anyone else get creepy vibes anytime they see Humphrey Bogart try to romance a woman who looks like she could be his daughter? Maybe the problem is that Bogart has always looked so old, and he keeps trying to make love to beauties like Ingrid Bergman, Mary Astor and now Audrey Hepburn, all of whom look to be half his age. Bogart has always sold the hardened loner with a heart of gold, but rarely sells me on the well-meaning lover, and “Sabrina” is no exception. However, the film still boasts many great accomplishments, including a career-defining performance from Audrey Hepburn and a wonderful change-of-pace role for William Holden. It helps to have a sizzling screenplay that gets bumped by Billy Wilder’s excellent unmistakable touch to many key scenes to make the dialogue really stand out, as well as Wilder’s keen sense of cinematography that adds to the visual storytelling. And while I remained unconvinced by Bogart and Hepburn’s chemistry, the romance between Hepburn and Holden almost plays out like a tale of revenge between two old friends, and it is both terrifying and hilarious. This is classic Billy Wilder and still comes highly recommended.
Final Grade: B