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Film Review: “Singin’ in the Rain” by Tasia Walker

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Introduction: There is no other movie musical more fun than Singin’ In The Rain. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on March 27, 1952, Singin’ In The Rain documents the movie transition from silent films to what they called  “talkies.” Featuring classic songs by legendary producer Arthur Freed, its cast is a “Who’s Who” of old Hollywood stars Gene Kelly. Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen,  these guys and gals are the real deal. Singin’ in the Rain raked up to $1,729,345 worldwide and was re-issued twice. Once in 1974, and again in 1992. It’s been adapted for the stage many times, both on Broadway and in London’s West End. It was also one of the first films screened in Communist China, Roger Ebert, who knew a thing or two about movies, claimed that watching Singin’ in the Rain was a “transcendent experience, and no one who loves movies can afford to miss it.” No movie education is complete without Singin’ in the Rain. Or as Time Out London proclaims, “If you’ve never seen it and don’t, you’re bonkers.”

 

Summary: Singin’ in the Rain starts off at the 1927 premiere of the new Monumental Pictures film The Royal Rascal. Starring Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, two of the biggest silent film stars in Hollywood. Don tells the crowd all about his cultured, absolutely refined upbringing, while flashbacks reveal that he is lying. He actually came up singing and dancing on the vaudeville circuit with his best friend, Cosmo Brown. As Don and Lina are congratulated after the screening, it’s revealed that they aren’t as close as the fan magazines make them out to be. Also, Lina’s a handful. She believes that she and Don really are a couple, even though they’re not, and she has a voice so grating it could shred steel. On the way to the film’s after-party at producer R.F. Simpson’s palatial pad, Don and Cosmo get a flat tire. Don escapes rabid fans by jumping in the car of Kathy Selden. He hits on her, she tells him that she’s a stage actress and thinks movie stars are foolish. Needless to say, they do not hit it off. Not right away at least. At the party, R.F. shows a demonstration of talking pictures, “the next big thing.” Don spots Kathy as one of the dancing girls hired to entertain. Don teases her, and Kathy attempts to throw a cake at him, except she misses, and hits Lina right in the face. Then Kathy runs off into the night. Don spends weeks trying to find Kathy. Meanwhile, The Jazz Singer, a talking picture produced by another studio, is a hit. R.F. decides Don and Lina’s next movie, “The Dueling Cavalier”, has to be a talkie, even if Lina’s got a terrible voice. Shortly thereafter, Don runs into Kathy on set. She’s a chorus girl in another production. They both apologize and start falling head-over-heels for each other.

 

Genre: The movie musical Singin’ In The Rain takes place in the musical, and romantic comedy genre. There are singing and dancing involved in the movie, and romantic relations between Don and Kathy as well. There’s also some humor as well. 

 

Analysis: This movie is honestly one of the best I’ve seen yet, but there are some pros and cons. This is a much older film, special effects like we use today were not in use. However, the acting, singing, and dancing are spectacular. 

Conclusion: If you love watching musicals, choreography and romantic comedy, then I suggest this musical movie for you. This movie is honestly one of the best musical films I’ve ever seen. I like the romance in it. I also like the dancing especially, but I especially like that it’s a Hollywood star trying to make their dreams come true. If you’re more into action movies or horror, I would not recommend this film. However, I invite all of you to attend WPS Music and Drama Departments showing of this musical at the end of March. As one of the leads in the show, I can tell you it will be worth your time.