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 listening to the actual lyrics of the songs they are quite inappropriate. But it doesn’t really matter as you will feel inspired and want to sing along.
An infectious, show-stopper of a film this is one musical the entire family can enjoy. Honestly this is one of m favourite musicals of all time!