A golden era Hollywood musical about the turmoil suffered by the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to sound. Led by an all-star cast including Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.
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Gene Kelly is a genius and anyone who says otherwise has no understanding of film, dance, entertainment or life. The Broadway Melody sequence is one of the most mind-blowing moments in all of cinema. I have never felt color like that in my life, the key word here being 'felt'. I don't say this lightly and maybe I'm coming off of a high like I've never experienced before but...this has changed the way I look at film.
Gene Kelly was a bit of a perfectionist, which is part of the reason he gave Debbie Reynolds such a hard time. Luckily for her, Fred Astaire helped her out. Donald O'Connor worked so hard on this that he put himself in the hospital.
A truly remarkable achievement that deserves the label of the greatest musical of all time. The gathering of all the musical numbers results in a coherent and fluid masterpiece corroborated by a terrific performing triad. A colorful, vital, charming and extremely funny testament of hollywood's golden age.
Screw Beethoven and his overrated piece of shit(sarcasm), this is the real ODE TO JOY. Wonderful screwball comedy. Check. Unforgettable dance sequences. Check. Humorous satire of Hollywood. Check. Engaging Romance. Check. Frankly, what more could you ask for. Almost without question, the most enjoyable film ever made.
Perfect in almost every way. I love the silliness and randomness of the numbers... and the performances by Reynolds, Kelly, and O'Connor are perfect. Charisse's cameo (?) is great. I think that her number with Kelly is one of the best-danced scenes ever. But Hagen, by far, steals the show... "Do you think she's dumb or somethin'?"
Truth be told, I'm not much of a fan of musicals, but this film deserves the reputation it has established over the years. The wit and charm of it all - the "healthy dose of cynicism" that Greg X mentions in the below review - make it an absolute joy to watch. It is a truly funny, entertaining film that just happens to be a musical.
God I hate this film. I just can't stand this film. Gene Kelly's shit-eating grin just drives me mad. Gloriously produced, gorgeously made, and I can't stand to watch a frame of it. Entirely content free, this is mind-rotting cinema sugar.
God I hate this fucking film.