In the first place, the music is gorgeous and exhilarating. Most of the songs are very witty, intelligent, they tell more than they seem to say. It was the great Lerner who wrote them. Is has benn considered a great musical, it won Academy awards, and it is alright. I suppose that the plot would'nt have been mysoginist if Gigi had poured wax on Gaston's back, both stark naked (to quote from a film I recently saw: "Body of evidence" with Madonna). Sure. And very realistic, too... Ha, ha...
France at the turn of the century was like that, and the film is basically faithful to Colette's short story. It is a moving story turned into a musical and a comedy. Most of the characters are amoral but personally fair. Chevalier is charming all allong, so is Leslie Caron.
So stay away those post-modern freaks, politically correct mongers and that kind of people. You'd be furious at mere joie-de-vivre and mischievous play.
I first saw this movie as a youth. In Louis Jordan's words 'it was a bore'. I ,however, appreciate this movie much more today although I still find it a little tedious at times. Overall, it is a very engaging and entertaining piece of work - especially the songs many of which are very charming. The casting was simply excellent. Leslie Caron made a perfect Gigi, who is depicted as an unrefined teenage brat. The real star in this movie is Louis Jordan, as Gaston, who has far more screen time than Caron. Maurice Chavalier is also excellent.
Despite possessing wealth, fame and many women in his time, Gaston is bored with his existence. When he is with Gigi, he escapes from his boredom. Gigi brings real joy in his life. Little does he realize until the end of the movie that he is in love with her and does the unthinkable by asking her to marry him.