I went to see this classic with some girlfriends at our local Cineplex a few weeks ago (it was playing for $5!) and I was reminded once more of just how charming and engaging it is.
SitR has it all:
- Catchy songs – The first time I watched it, I was surprised at just how much of the soundtrack I was already familiar with,
- Intelligent Humour – both subtle and slapstick; Donald O’Connor’s Make’em Laugh routine is a classic in itself! There was a young girl at the screening we saw and she just belly-laughed through that whole routine. Her joy was infectious.
- Wonderful Dance Routines – Gene Kelly was a genius, and his dancing is just so light and effortless.
- Fantastical Sets – particularly during the final extended modern ballet sequence – which kind of derails the story, but is oh-so-stunning to watch. When you see the veil dance, you’ll know.
- Colourful Costume Design – I want posters of the models in the Beautiful Girls number (start watching at 2:10)…And I’m not even into fashion!
- A Corny Love Story – not a highlight per se, but if you’re looking for the epitome of musicals, it has to have a corny love story.
Admittedly, SitR is not my favorite movie musical – I have too much history with The Sound of Music for it to be deposed from that particular throne – but it’s definitely one I could watch again and again.