Loved it. The dramatic scenes aren't quite up to the level of the musical numbers but they are more than continuity. They are emotional and sometimes touching. Missed opportunities: Christopher Walken should have done a whole musical, not just one number. He is sensational.
This was a case of great casting. Steve is really able to sell those happy moments, which when revealed to be dreams just make the sadness more devastating. Big fan of Dennis Potter's work, particularly 'The Singing Detective'. The TV series, not the movie. This movie really helped develop an appreciation for the music of the time. I have so many songs from the soundtrack including Steve's version of the title.
A cavalcade of talent behind the camera adds a lot of visual flair to the lesser adaptation of the Dennis Potter source material. Great cinematography (Willis), set design (Adam), costumes (Mackie) and choreography put this over the top. Fairly well cast with kudos to Bernadette Peters who is aces here. What's missing compared to the TV mini is a greater sense of pathos, darkness and despair with hope underneath.
Christopher Walken's GOTTA DANCE, and he's terrific.- a multi-talented guy. Those were desperate times to live in; the movies being an escape for a few hours, but the bleakness of their existence is their waiting for them, at the end of a film or a song. The milk of human kindness was as dried up as Oklahoma farmland. This was one of Steve Martin's first dramatic roles, and he played the part well.
People trying to escape to a fantasy world where songs make up for the harsh reality they live in is a subject I find utterly appealing, even more if there is a lively, playful mastermind behind it to inject a good measure of black humour to the mix. Too bad Dennis Potter's amazing writing wasn't adapted to the silver screen by an equally sharp mind. But I pass things like that because I love the period and songs.