I was listening to the soundtrack of La La Land when I started writing this. In this blog, I have shared some of the movies which come in my mind when anyone talks about movies of the musical genre. The movies mentioned below are not ranked as I am writing about them as I soon as I remember them. Also, forgive me if I leave some of your favorites, especially the ones that came before my time. But, please do mention in the comments because it may be the case that I haven’t even seen that film. I would really want to see that as musical is my second favorite genre, right after horror 😉
I’ll start the list with a classic. Here it goes.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
This song gets me going every time I watch it. I love watching Gene Kelly strolling through the street without any care in the world. This is one of those songs where I imagine myself in that place, singing and dancing without any care in the world. The others songs from the movie are also very upbeat and fun filled. The cast must have a blast shooting it.
Also, you can go for a totally different take on ‘singin’ in the rain’ from the movie ‘A Clockwork Orange’ by Stanley Kubrick. As we all know we cannot expect anything ordinary from Kubrick, this one song he took and made it represent exactly opposite to what we remember it from our old lovely Gene Kelly classic. But, it fits amazingly into his film, so it is important to mention that as well.
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
“If you’d have seen it, if you’d have heard it, I betcha you would’ve done the same!”
I love this song from this oscar winning feature. Mostly, because it tells the story of how 6 women made a decision to end someone’s life and how they are trying to justify it. I love all the songs from the film, including ‘We both reached for the gun’, ‘Mr. Cellophane’, and ‘Roxie’. Apart from the songs, the movie is an example of a marvelous art direction and set decoration, for which it also won an oscar that year.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.
Disney never seems to amaze us. First, they created such an emotional movie, with songs that will touch your heart. Then, they decided to do it all over again!
I have to say, the live-action Beauty and the Beast film is fine as well. Off course it does not have the magic which the original has but it has wonderful effects. They kept almost all the songs as it is which was a great decision. I posted this video as ‘be our guest’ according to me, is a song which is funny and sad at the same time, a combination which is quite hard to achieve.
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into the ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
When I heard that ‘Let it go’ won the oscar, I couldn’t believe it. But, I guess, later on, the song grew on me. I still listen to it sometimes. I like the way the song goes from highly depressing to excessively motivating in just 2 mins 😛
But when I asked around, people haven’t paid much attention to any of the other songs. That is why I posted ‘For the first time in forever’ here. Other songs like, ‘Do you wanna build a snowman’ are worth listening too.
La La Land (2016)
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
If I start listening to any one of the songs of this movie, I have a habit of not getting up till I listen to all of them at least twice. I listen to them in the sequence they came in the movie.
Who does not love La La Land? All of its songs are beautiful melodies. My favorite is, ‘Here’s to the fools who dream’. Other fantastic songs include, ‘City of stars’, ‘Someone in the crowd’ and ‘another day of sun’.
Les Miserables (2012)
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.
Les Miserables is a spectacle to watch. I found out much later that it is an adaptation of a very famous play. I posted the song, ‘I dreamed a dream’, one of my favorite, sung by Anne Hathway. Anne received a well-deserved oscar for her performance in the film.
Into the woods (2014)
A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
The movie was an average one but the songs stuck in my mind. Especially, ‘There are giants in the sky’ and ‘Agony’. Both of these songs are so funny I laugh every time I watch them.
Other than these two, ‘last midnight’ and ‘your fault’ are worth mentioning.
I know, I know!
I missed Grease, The sound of music, Pitch perfect, The rocky horror picture show, footloose and every other musical by Disney. The truth is, I got tired of writing ;P. But I promise you I will write about them in my upcoming blogs. Also, many of these movies I have yet to see. I wish we keep getting such wonderful musicals as we have discussed above in the future.