Singin' in the Rain Reviews
February 24, 2015
Singin in the Rain surpasses its own ubiquitous nature through unmatched comedic performances, lively pacing, and simply being genuinely hilarious. Perfect mixture of sincerity and cynicism about Hollywood and its idiosyncrasies. It's one of those movies that is almost so perfect it's hard to imagine it was created and brought into existence by a human...it seems like it was just always there.
February 21, 2015
It's not hard to see why this insatiably charming, bright and bubbly musical about silent screen stars adapting to the innovation of talkies has become a favourite amongst cinephiles. As with the best films in this genre, it's a beautifully photographed piece, showcasing some stunning costumes, toe-tapping melodies and dazzling dance sequences. Indeed, watching the alluring Gene Kelly and scene-stealing Donald O'Connor do what they do best is a visual treat. O'Connor, particularly, has such a wonderful fluid movement that he's never short of captivating ('Make 'em Laugh' most certainly lives up to its name), whilst Kelly rightfully commands the titular song as one of musical cinema's greatest moments. Debbie Reynolds is also delightful, both feisty and vulnerable, she does much with a role that could have easily have been dismissed as just the protagonist's love interest. Similarly, Jean Hagen is an absolute hoot! In this instance, she utilises the most basic elements of her character's traits to give the film the villain it needs and, in the meantime, is able to exhibit her comedienne traits to great effect. Rounding up the cast is Millard Mitchell as the studio boss, whose guardianship over his young talents keeps things from going over-the-top.
The film rolls along to an adequate beat that only becomes a little stilted with the Broadway ballet sequence; although beautifully done, it's far too long and the ensuing gag isn't a worthy enough pay-off. Besides this minor quip, 'Singin' in the Rain' stands as a sheer masterstroke of mass entertainment and is worthy of its glowing reputation.
February 18, 2015
Greatest musical of all time? Quite possibly! Perhaps the most amazing part of the film was the fact that Singing In the Rain was a satire, of Hollywood filmmaking. (I know you thought I was going to say music) The film commented on the vanity of Hollywood actors and filmmakers and consistently made fun of them. One of my favorite lines was when Gene Kelly says "the only thing between me and you is the air". What an amazing diss! Of course the ironic part about the whole thing is the fact that they are making fun of film, through film. It's a rather brilliant idea.
I think it's important to also note that the music was quite enjoyable. As a kid the only thing I could remember from the film were the two backflips that Cosmo did. Also, I think it's important to note how awesome some of the special effects were. For example scene where the dancers pop out of the megaphone, and some of the green screen driving shots. The colors in the film were amazing too! A must see, for musical lovers.
April 10, 2014
A whimsical and charming picture infused with Kelly and Dohen's signature artistic flair, Singin' in the Rain is the quintessence of American musicals.
January 30, 2015
A lot of people, often critics, will say something to the effect of, "They don't make movies like they used to." And usually I'll disagree with them. There are new, incredible films being made every year and just because times may have changed it doesn't mean that film standards have dropped with them. However, this film is a prime example of the theory that they don't make them like they used to, because there has never been, nor will there be anything quite like Singin' in the Rain.
Don Lockwood is a silent film actor in a world which is all too rapidly making the transition to talking pictures: "talkies." His newest film, The Dancing Cavalier, is going to prove a bigger problem due to his co-star's complete lack of singing talent. Or just the fact that when she talks you'd swear there was a cat in a blender somewhere.
First, there's the performances. Gene Kelly plays Don Lockwood who somehow worked his way up from stuntman to leading man and is now struggling to keep it that way. Kelly is amazing: charming, smart and funny as well as having a godlike talent in a pair of tap shoes. He has the innate ability to endear himself to you the moment he opens his mouth, an old world movie star if there ever was one. Despite his natural talent, he's also able to slip into the character perfectly, keeping traces of his humble beginnings about him despite being the biggest silent film star on the planet. His double act partner, Donald O'Connor, plays Cosmo Brown, one of the musicians for the films his friend stars in. He is an absolute gem in the film, his slapstick mugging working perfectly for his over-the-top character. He and Kelly are amazing together, their lines flying by quicker than you can catch them and affecting the sort of friendship which makes you believe that they really are the best of friends. With a duller script his shameless mugging would be annoying or pathetic but here it works brilliantly. Debbie Reynolds is Kathy Selden, Don Lockwood's love interest as well as his secret weapon for the upcoming film. She's an incredible talent, not just a pretty face and a good voice but able to hold her own with the two other leads, a feat in itself. The other performers in the piece play their parts well but are merely backgrounding for the big three already mentioned. Special mention, however, goes to Jean Hagen for her woman-scorned/dullard portrayal of Lina Lamont who is hilarious and incredibly memorable for her part. However, it's the way these performers come together which is truly great to watch. Each of the three mains work together so well that it's just a joy to have them onscreen.
Musicals often face the danger of putting everything into the songs while forgetting about story or character. But, thanks to Adolph Green and Betty Comden's screenplay, the dialogue sparkles just as brightly as the musical set-pieces. Treading the line between farce and drama, these two writers pack as much character and humour as it's possible to put into a script, creating realistic and loveable characters which have lasted the test of time. They also manage to avoid the cliched storylines and dilemmas which so often plague films of the same genre, creating something entirely original and fresh, refreshing even after fifty years of cinema.
Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's direction is flawless. Rather than the quick cutting and intense camera movement which is supposed to create more excitement but is really just proof of the director's lack of confidence, Kelly and Donen are content to simply enjoy the spectacle of each amazing set-piece. Their restraint is on display throughout the entire film, trusting that the audience is feeling each moment without the need for explicitly telling them.
But despite the fact that the plot and character work is so good, the real draw of the film is the musical set-pieces. Make 'em Laugh, Good Morning, Singin' In The Rain, Gotta Dance, each piece incredible in its own right and completely awe-inspiring. The cast's astonishing ability is in full throttle here, tapping and singing like their lives depend on it. The songs themselves are brilliant but combined with the spectacle onscreen, they are simply astounding. And it's this joyous vision onscreen which is the film's biggest achievement. Singin' in the Rain is so wonderfully light and refreshing that it is a literal breath of fresh air and has been since its creation. 50 years on and it's still one of the greatest movies of all time.
Gene Kelly sings in the rain.
January 29, 2015
Best movie of all time. period.
June 30, 2008
Wonderful musical. Don't enjoy it as much as some who seem to think it's the greatest movie ever made. But it's a fantastically made piece of film. Again, exemplifies why people go to the movies. Great fun. Great story. Great execution.
April 24, 2013
got to be the best musical of all, just wonderful entertainment
December 21, 2014
Hollywood loves it because it is about Hollywood, but that ballet interlude is such a drag
November 24, 2014
One of the happiest films ever made with some brilliant tunes, eye-popping visuals and lots of extra-smart, funny dialogue. Perfection.
November 5, 2014
2nd favorite musical behind West Side Story
September 7, 2012
"Singin' in the Rain" is a wonderful film. It's beautifully shot, the songs are memorable and the dance choreography is fantastic. Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds have perfect chemistry together and are all terrific physical and comedic performers. It's really amazing to see them singing and dancing together and because the film maker knew how talented these people were, the editing during these scenes is sparse, allowing you to really admire everything with few cuts. I had seen the titular segment where Gene Kelly is "singin' in the rain" and still it contained so much joy that it felt fresh to me. That's an iconic moment that makes the movie worth seeing all by itself there are many other great segments, like the "Make 'em Laugh" sequence, where Donald O'Connor does an impromptu number, all on his own without a stunt double and "Good Morning" where we get to see the three leads together celebrating a breakthrough. You really get to see that these people were amazing physical performers and it makes you want to get up and practice their moves in the hopes that you could be as good. There's so much energy in the film that it's a real delight to see. It's sure to please you and make you smile, it's laugh-out-loud funny and I also enjoyed seeing the lighthearted insight on the world of filmmaking as the talkies started replacing the silent films. Even if you're not interested in musicals, it's hard to imagine someone not enjoying the movie. (Theatrical cut on the big screen, August 19, 2012)
November 1, 2014
One of those oldie films that endures the test of time with a quick and original plot...plus your usual half-hour Gene Kelly LSD trip at the end.
October 27, 2014
It's clever, funny and full of energy but the story feels crowded and unfocused
October 9, 2014
I hate musicals, but this was absolutely fantastic. Funny as could be, wonderfully entertaining, classic dancing and singing, wrapped up in an adorable story. This movie is a musical and movie masterpiece.
October 5, 2014
Only the coldest of hearts can't enjoy "Singin' in the Rain". The movie has this timeless mission to make you smile, and smiles will indeed be induced. From beginning to end, "Singin' in the Rain" is funny, sweet, charming, impeccable fun. It works based on three components: the terrific music, the extravagant choreography, and the undeniable appeal of its star, Gene Kelly. Kelly is a multi-talented master of movie musicals, his happy-go-lucky spirit oozing off the screen. If his personality isn't enough, he has the vocal chops and the A-grade footwork to match with it. In this way, Kelly is a legend. Overall, you can't be a musical fan and not have seen and enjoyed "Singin' in the Rain".
April 25, 2013
Wondefully grand with amazing performances at the same time astonishing, same goes to the looks, like all other musical classics in the 1900s. (A)
(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)
|Charles Austin M||
September 14, 2014
Actually, this movie is more like a collection of only vaguely-related vignettes, and not particularly funny vignettes, at that. With its labored song & dance scenes, cornball humor and scattered plot, "Singin' In The Rain" was NOT a big hit back in the 1950s; in fact, Metro Goldwyn Mayer made only about $660,000 profit on the movie. The film was only elevated to legendary status by viewers and critics from the following generation, 20 years later.
September 13, 2014
I really love this movies. Brilliant script with amazing music. One of the greatest films of all time.
September 13, 2014
The book was better.