Royal Wedding (1951)
Critic Consensus: Vintage MGM musical stuff, characterized by Stanley Donen's fleet direction and some amazing dance performances from star Fred Astaire.
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Critic Reviews for Royal Wedding
This is an engaging concoction of songs and dances in a standard musical framework, brightly dressed in color to show off its physical attributes.
A pleasant enough score by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner, helped out by Donen's stylish direction.
One swell number, three or four that are good, a laugh here, a laugh there; colored newsreels of the British royal wedding and so long pal. Mr. Astaire has fared better in his lifetime -- and he has also fared much worse.
This is the one in which Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling, an impeccably executed bit of movie magic and a sublime expression of Donen's love for the medium.
It looks like a million bucks, and it's easy to like, and for [producer Arthur] Freed, that was what mattered.
When all is said and done, Stanley Donen's first solo directorial assignment, after his work with Gene Kelly, is a lovely bit of frou-frou.
Audience Reviews for Royal Wedding
If you love silly love stories with song and dance numbers and a happy ending, you'll like this movie, not love it, but like it. Personally I was bored with all the dancing, and the story didn't keep my interest, but it's not that bad.
I wasnt crazy about Jane Powell's singing but hey! its fred Astaire. DANCING ON THE CIELING! nothing can go wrong. His girl is not that pretty though...
I think MGM musicals are delightful little jewels, no matter how formulaic they can get. And Stanley Donen is the king of all things singing and dancing. So naturally this was going to be good before I even saw it. The dancing is top notch and Jane Powell is so adorable even though I don't like her voice. And Fred Astaire is ageless, floats with a grace I've never seen on anyone else. It's definitely not the best musical I've ever seen but it's thoroughly enjoyable (even though the girl Astaire got with at the end is ugly...) escapsim!
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