Review: Singin’ in the Rain

I’m still persevering on my goal to watch all of The Top 50 Movies of All Time, and one of them was Singin’ in the Rain.

A musical, known to me only because of its eponymous main song, I was dreading this one a bit. But Singin’ in the Rain is witty and fun, a post Second World War commentary on post First World War Hollywood.

And it turns out the most memorable musical number is actually Donald O’Connor’s ‘Make ’em laugh’, since re-enacted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Saturday Night Live, and by the cast of Glee. While Kelly’s singing and dancing might be superior, O’Connor’s athletic physical comedy makes it a better scene overall, in my opinion.

There’s a great meta-narrative about the lie and showmanship of
Hollywood glamour and celebrity, and the final shot of the poster of
the in-movie actors starring in the in-movie Singin’ in the Rain was a
clever and unexpected move.

While the ‘modern’ inset movie-within-a-movie, the ‘Gotta dance’ segment, seemed brash and tacked on, this was seemingly a symptom of the fact that the songs were chosen first, then a story woven around them. Overall the film was very much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I’m glad I saw it.

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