The Music Man Reviews
It's overlong but hey, its still got a got a smart story, great songs and dancing, and terrific performances.
The Music Man. A classic example of a real musical, filled with singing, dancing, romance, and clever humor. Robert Preston and Shirley Jones captivate their audience through their skilled acting, drawing them into the romantic story of a librarian and a salesman falling in love. This well-made film clearly shows what a true musical is all about, as it contains all of the necessary ingredients to be a real crowd-pleaser.
This is a seminal work too. You've seen a grifter film you've seen a work based on this film. Remember that time Springfield built a monorail? This film. I've never studied the history of con man films but this must date somewhere near the beginning.
They simply don't make films with this kind of energy any more, which is a good and bad thing. The Music Man, if written today, would more fully explore the ethical questions associated with protagonist Harold Hill's profession, which is appropriate, but Hill's charm in the person of Robert Preston is infectious and fun and makes all ethical quandaries seem like departures from the fun. All of the musical numbers are scat-style super, and the production design shows of the choreography and high-scale - a scale so high that we wonder where all these people come from.
Overall, The Music Man defies logic and modern story-telling, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its charm.
I truly wanted to like it bc it's considered 'classic.'
I watched a full hour and a half before giving up my valiant effort and turning it off.
Plz know I LOVE Singin In The Rain, so it's the mediocrity here that I did NOT like.
Not great on film - it's only for musical die-hards.
Shirley Jones' quivering voice for several songs,
a constantly hyper Robert Preston, and
a static on-stage musical filmed in Technicolor that runs for 2.5hrs.