Category: Movie Musical Challenge!

Movie Musical Challenge: A Star is Born

Posted August 3, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: A Star is Born

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog.   So the ninth movie for the challenge is A Star Is Born (1954) starring Julie Garland and James Mason. Well what a ridiculous and complete waste of three hours of my time! This film dragged. It was dull and boring and I was left wondering why this even made it onto the top 25 list. I honestly struggled to make it to the end of this musical. After all this is about a successful man persuading a young woman to take up her desired career. She is then more successful than him and he feels eclipsed. She is held back by him and feels she is in the wrong. He eventually realises the errors of this ways and kills himself. Because that will make her life better? Yep great story. Also lets complain about the fact that it is three hours long and there are parts when just stills are used to tell the story. NO NO NO! I tried to enjoy, I tried to listen. Perhaps […]

Movie Musical Challenge: Chicago

Posted July 28, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: Chicago

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog. So the eighth movie for the challenge is Chicago (2002), starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere. Last year was the first time I watched this film despite having the soundtrack and knowing all the songs off by heart. And I love the soundtrack. In a way I think it is even better than the film because there are no words to get in the way and I can use my imagination. Just saying, sometimes not knowing is better than being in the know. But this film is incredible. I love the set pieces and how Roxy uses her imagination to turn everything into a stage. And despite everything she is quite good at manipulating the press. I honestly love ever song in this show but I guess the classic/favourite include: ‘All that Jazz’, ‘Cell Block Tango’ and ‘Razzle Dazzle’, but all the songs are incredibly catchy so each to their own. This is an energetic and enthusiastic musical that will get your feet stomping and leave […]

Movie Musical Challenge: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Posted July 12, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog. So the seventh movie for the challenge is the gorgeous Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. This was a fantastic film to watch and every time I watch my feet start tapping and I just want to sing along. I love every song in this musical, but my two favourite songs are Bless Your Beautiful Hide and Sobbin’ Women, if I was allowed while watching I would just put these songs are repeat. Fortunately or not (depending on your point of view) I’m never allowed to put my favourite scenes on repeat. But it is not just the music that make this film so good. It is also the dancing. The Barn Raising scene in particular is spectacular as the brothers dance and do acrobatics and balancing acts in an attempt to win over the girls. Also there is a scene when the brothers are a bit down and the are out in the snow. There is something truly magical about that scene and it is so clever. When […]

Movie Musical Challenge: Singin’ In The Rain

Posted June 28, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge:  Singin’ In The Rain

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog. So the  sixth movie for the challenge is Singin’ In The Rain (1952), starring  Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Last time I wondered how it had taken me so long to watch this epic movie and this time round it was no different. This time I knew what to expect and was able to watch the film in more detail than before. This is a lighthearted and fun deception of Hollywood in the 1920s during the transition from silent pictures to ‘talkies’. Resulting in some hilarious situations and causing some of the dilemmas in the film. All the songs here are pretty beautiful but my favourites were ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ (obviously), ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’ and ‘All I Do Is Dream of You’. The dancing in this movie is also pretty special. And it is hard to imagine that Debbie Reynolds was not really considered a dancer. I thought she kept up with Gene Kelly quite well. Despite its age this musical still remains as ‘fresh’ and […]

Movie Musical Challenge: Meet Me In St. Louis

Posted June 16, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: Meet Me In St. Louis

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog. So the fifth movie for the challenge is Meet Me In St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland. I loved this film the first time around and watching it again there was a sense of nostalgia and somehow Judy Garland managed to captivate me more than the last time. I still loved the songs, but the two that stood out were “The Boy Next Door”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Every song is brilliant but it something about these two songs that are haunting and somehow manage to sum up Meet Me In St. Louis. There is a quaint and nostalgic look at a time of innocence and optimism when something such as the World Fair coming to your town is the most exciting thing to happen. From the summer of 1903 and spring of 1904, we follow the Smith sisters as they go through rites of passage as each comes to their own. This was a gorgeous, quintessential film and is easily one of my favourite musicals of all […]