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.

Pitch Perfect

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.

Les Miserables

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.

Mamma Mia

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...)

Moulin Rouge

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.

High Society

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?

K xx


  1. Wilhelmina UptonJune 16, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Singing in the Rain is fabulous. Period. I'm pretty sure Meryl Streep's version of The Winner Takes it All is my favourite over the original ABBA one. So. Many. Feels. This woman can convey with just her voice and she isn't even a professional singer. Amazeballs.

  2. How can a person not love these movies? For real. I love them all soooo much! I'm adding Rent, Chicago, Newsies, West Side Story... Ok... Too many to list. So many awesome musicals!

  3. Great picks (except maybe Mamma Mia...I'm an ABBA-purist and Streep... I love her but in this, no....). Haven't seen Pitch Perfect but from that clip, I think I MUST.

  4. Oh, you really must. It. Is. FABULOUS.

  5. Oh man, I forgot about Chicago! I can't add Newsies to the list because it's never been released in Australia for some strange reason. Womp womp.

  6. Now if only we could replace Pierce Brosnan with someone who can act and sing......... ;)

  7. WHAT? That's awful! It's Christian Bale singing and dancing!!! I might have to fix this problem. For reals. Especially since you can usually get the DVD for like $5.

  8. That would be great if it weren't for the fact that the DVD would be region 1 and I'm in region 4...........

  9. I meant that I'll mail you a DVD!

  10. Oh, I got that! But it wouldn't play on an Australian DVD player because of region coding...


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