The Jazz Singer Reviews
It is a good film on it's own despite it's historical importance. The concept of this orthodox Jew turn between family tradition and a career in entertainment is fascinating to watch.
Al Johnson was fantastic as the silent & singing lead and really was the main vehicle of the film. It is a little creaky in parts but it's interesting seeing the major change in musical entertainment & society in general.
This is a key film in cinema history to see one of the most important films of all time....
Having seen it at last, I can check off one of the 1001 Films I Apparently Must See.
That said, the film's music is the best part, and while the story of a Jewish boy how is forced from his home when his father won't accept his love of jazz is an interesting one, I think it gets a bit slow at times, and overly sentimental. It hardly distracts from this watershed of a film, and I couldn't think of a better choice of the first "talkie" than a musical, particularly jazz.
When The Jazz Singer is viewed through the eyes of a modern audience, it is difficult to comprehend the impact this seemingly insignificant film had on cinema. It spurred what many view as the greatest revolution in the history of film. Despite its many flaws, I cannot bring myself to fail it, as it has influenced films in so many ways. I can also be somewhat generous with my rating because it had the challenge of being the very first film to be done in this manner. After decades of silent films with title cards being tradition, I can imagine that it would have been hard to make the very first film of its kind, not having any other examples to go by. The Jazz Singer is full of holes but its historical significance cannot go unnoticed.