Monday, June 16, 2014
Movie Monday - the musicals edition
Okay, so we've talked about my favourite soundtracks and my favourite scores already. So now let's finish the trilogy by talking about my favourite musicals! Typically in a musical, the songs advance the story in some way, sharing the inner feelings of the characters. A few of these don't quite fit that bill, but I'm counting them as musicals anyway because most of the music is sung by the characters. So...yeah.
Come on, like you can pass up that big final number. I'm sure I'm not the only one counting the days until the sequel comes out.
Sure, the movie version had its problems (*cough* Russell Crowe *cough*). And Bring Him Home is ALWAYS awful because it's way too high for anyone but Colm Wilkinson. But Do You Hear The People Sing? Was absolutely phenomenal.
Singin' in the Rain
If you don't love this movie and its amazingly ridiculous dance routines, I'm not sure we can be friends any more. Also, if someone could find me a pair of the shoes Debbie Reynolds is wearing in that video, that'd be great.
Okay, so Pierce Brosnan's singing should be banned for the sake of humanity. But this movie is just SO MUCH FUN. And Meryl Streep recorded the vocals for this in ONE TAKE. Which is pretty damned amazing.
Phantom of the Opera
One of these days, I'll get around to covering this one properly. But for now? It's a pretty spectacular adaptation of the stage show. And Gerard Butler is surprisingly great as the Phantom.
Rock of Ages
This movie falls firmly into so-bad-it's-secretly-good territory. It's utterly ridiculous, and I love it.
Fabulousness from start to finish, with amazing costumes to boot. (Please excuse the weird Portuguese voiceover at certain points during that video. It was the best I could find...)
Sure, it ends in major ugly crying. But it's so stinking good OMG.
Okay, the flying car thing at the end is utterly ridiculous. As is the change-your-entire-personality-for-a-guy theme that it has going on. But damn, it's great.
I have an irrational soft spot for this musical version of The Philadelphia Story. I mean, how can you pass up Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly being ridiculous?!
What are your favourite musicals?