Let's Dance Reviews
Thank the powers that be that every 15 minutes or so, Fred Astaire does a dance step. The songs, by Frank Loesser, may be mostly forgettable, but the choreography is always stellar. Even a random number with Astaire and Hutton dressed as cowboys, which is completely out of nowhere even by movie musical standards, is redeemed by some terrific footwork. The opening song, Hutton's lighting-fast patter "I can't stop talking about him" was one of my favorite things long before I saw the film. Hutton's mugging only makes the character number more fun, and then Astaire joins in for a rousing dance finale that gets the film started on a high note. Despite my feelings for the film in general, I don't think I'll ever forget Astaire's jaw-dropping "Piano Dance." Other dancers may dance on top of a piano; Fred Astaire dances IN it.
So, is it a good film? No. It's uneven, poorly paced, often stupid and goes completely off the rails in the last 30 minutes. But anytime Astaire so much as turns an ankle the right way, I'm smiling like a fool. Sometimes, when a bad movie stars Fred Astaire, it's not a bad movie.
Although it was a good movie, I was a little annoyed by what seemed to be overacting by Betty Hutton.