Singin' in the Rain Reviews
Once upon a time, movie stars are stars not because they generate buzz and gossip but solely for their great great talent.
Singin' In the Rain (1952) stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds (that tough-talking mother in THE MOTHER?) and Donald O'Connor. They tap dance and sing and act. The dance sequences alone take my breath away. They so so well-synchronised that it must have gone through hundreds of rehearsals. The actors are so agile!Squatting and can-can dancing! It makes me wonder if Jackie Chan can try a musical like this but then again Gene Kelly can also do stunts.
When I was watching the so so famous Singin' In the Rain sequence, I was telling myself this has to be the happiest moment in movie history. I have heard so much about it. A true classic moment and indeed it is. So free-spirited and uplifting. Like a boy playing in the rain.
I don't really fancy musicals. Total crap, I think. Where in the hell will people break up into a song and dance in real life? But I think musicals like this one are such a joy to watch. I have to change my view about musicals. I think muscials like this one never fails to entertain and inspire awe. Implausible the story may be but I cannot hate movies whose sole mission is to put a big smile on your face.
The direction of your typical musical is to mold the song and dance elements into the film's story organically. This is not Stanley Donan's priority. He's making something bombastic and beautiful, and he won't let you have a moment to get ride of that smile on your face. For that, on behalf of the scores of filmmakers and filmgoers that this masterpiece has inspired, thank you, sir.
Singing in the Rain still holds up due to the amazing song and dance numbers, funny slapstick, and witty dialogue.
What more do you want!
One of the most joyful films I've ever experienced. This film oozes happiness and fun. I can't believe it took me so long to see this.