The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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It isn't very witty - although it's supposed to be - and it isn't really satire, in the sense of Singin' in the Rain or The Band Wagon.
...of interest as a possible peek into Rogers and Astaire's actual working relationship.
Though one of their weakest teaming, it's worth seeing this late (and last) Astaire-Rogers musical for historical reasons; Rogers replaced the ailing Judy Garland.
Astaire and Rogers last teaming, and full of wit, music, dance, and comedy.
It doesn't help that the music by Harry Warren and Ira Gershwin is slight.
This is a weak reteaming, unfortunately, and it's the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green which does that.
It's Fred and Ginger and in color, but the movie's pretty bad.
The tenth and final in a long Rogers and Astaire saga, the Barkleys emphasize all the real life struggles of the pair: Rogers trying her hand at being a serious actress, the pair's unprecedented hospitality in their real life partnership, and the follies of show business. Including one of Rogers most dramatic and sensational turns, and a shoe stepping routine unheard of in musical theater, the Barkleys took Broadway and the film industry by storm.
A decade after their ninth and final film together, Rogers and Astaire were paired together again, thanks to a twist of fate. Although Judy Garland was originally cast to star opposite Fred Astaire, she became ill, and Ginger Rogers was tapped to replace her.
And as an added bonus: Geez that Oscar Levant is a monster talent. The man appointed by George Gershwin to interpret his music, Levant proves again his musical and his acting ability.
For historical purposes, if for nothing else, this Rogers and Astaire tenth and final project together must be seen.
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