Category: Movie Musical Challenge!

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 […]

Movie Musical Challenge: The Band Wagon

Posted April 5, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: The Band Wagon

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  fourth  movie for the challenge is The Band Wagon (1953), starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. One of my favourite songs was ”That’s Entertainment!’ a song that is hugely and instantly recognisable.  And the creepy “Triplets” song which is performed on knees – this song is somehow entertaining but in a sinister way. Backstage shenanigans mix effortlessly with show tunes. And the dances seem to fit right in. For me this is a hidden gem. Despite being a classic it doesn’t seem to be on everyone’s to watch list. For this is was a good thing as I didn’t know what to expect so expectation were low. This is a great little musical to watch on a rainy weekend. This film show sometimes its not the best idea to jump on the Band Wagon and follow the crowd. Sometimes you have to be your own self in order to be successful. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and […]

Movie Musical Challenge: Guys and Dolls

Posted March 29, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: Guys and Dolls

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. The third movie for the challenge is Guys and Dolls (1955), starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. Having watched this last year as  part of my 2016 Musical Challenge I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to watch this musical all over again. Yes I loved the music and the stylised dancing. All the songs in this show are pretty catchy, including ‘A Bushel and a Peck’, ‘ Luck Be a Lady’ and ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’. And I thought that the casting was pretty perfect,  Vivan Blain is perfect as Adelaide, and paired with Frank Sinatra as Nathan the duo are unstoppable. But it is  Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, for me, as Sky and Sarah who steal the show. Theirs is a relationship I actually root for, and enjoyed more than Adelaide and Nathan, I wish there had been more of Sky and Sarah. I loved and hated this film at the same time. I loved the film because of the music and for Sky and […]

Movie Musical Challenge: West Side Story

Posted March 22, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: West Side Story

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 second movie for the challenge is West Side Story (1961), starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris. I reviewed this last year as part of my 2016 Movie Musical Challenge. And if I am being honest my opinion of this musical has not changed. It is a classic, moving and beautiful, a hypnotic musical that shows that the world is a stage. Again the gritty undertone of the musical hits home.  As this retelling of a musical west side Romeo and Juliet focuses on gang warfare, racial dispute and crime. Despite the mesmerising dancing and delicious songs. ‘Tonight’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’ are still my three favourite songs in this musical but each song shows off the talent and skills of the cast and story, while keeping the whimsical nature of a classic musical. This was an atmospheric and addictive watch. With its dazzling choreography and mesmerising scenes this is a musical that is unforgettable with every way. This is a […]

Movie Musical Challenge: 42nd Street

Posted February 27, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: 42nd Street

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 second  movie for the challenge is the one and only 42nd Street (1933), starring Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers. This is a brilliant movie, but I’m not sure that this can really be classed as a musical, if I am being totally honest. Yes there is songs and yes there is singing. But the songs all seem to come at the end with a couple thrown in the middle for good measure. 7 In fact there is only five songs in the entire production. So out of all of them my favourite has to be ‘You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me’. But all five songs in the production are lively and fun to watch. 42nd Street is skillfully directed and is a fast-paced musical, and while it plays to some clichés , its light hearted manner means that this film will leave you with a smile on your face  and show what a musical from the ‘Golden Age’ is all about. This is a brilliant, entertaining […]