Movies Posts Tagged as 'Musical'
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Naughty or Nice (1939)
A gifted songwriter can only love when he's drunk. The maid is named Killer and the actors add snap to their wit. It's gay vintage. 29-Dec-2018
The heritage is beautifully painted, the inclusiveness is generous and the talent is high energy. It could have been a sweet corny gem. The music and dance resonate individually but the editing doesn't enforce the power to merge and impact the art. 19-Aug-2018
Mr. Imperium (1951)
Ezio Pinza strums his tenor and grandpapi squish as Lana sweeps hard diamond glamour. Together they only add up to mellow dexterity. 26-Jun-2018
Greatest Showman, The (2017)
I watched it through the eyes of someone who delights in it. The corn popped and I ate it. 23-May-2018
James & the Giant Peach (1996)
Throwback art is where all the fun is at. 10-Jan-2018
Heavy Metal (1981)
Its really hard to deduce whether the film celebrates or exploits its themes. The rock music isn't engaged to the story as it is attached. It also slogs towards the last chapter that contains the only captivating fable. 20-Dec-2017
Stormy Weather (1943)
It skimps on storyline and it thins in characterization. What is showcased is neglected and diverse talent that tornadoes toward climactic showstoppers invigorated by Lena and stormed by Bill Robinson and Cab Calloway.
If it had been filmed in color it would have been candied joy. 14-Nov-2017
Beauty & The Beast (2017)
It should have transcended animation instead it rescinds musicality. Audra McDonald aside, the singing is learnt by trial. Showstoppers are halted by unassured crooning. Singer dubbing was invented so as not to humiliate actors with limited range and to keep the magic preserved.
Belle is too tender-footed, Gaston is too predatory and the Beast lives in CGI space. Lea Michele would have added kill plus heft to a part she was trained to play and the soundtrack would've sounded melodious.
There are moments when the furniture (come to life) lifts us but only partially.
Doors, The (1991)
Trip art. I wish Stone had compartmentalized Morrison's crazy so we could better understand his poetry but Kilmer's discharge nourishes. 30-Aug-2017
Everyone is in tune, in step and enchanting. Amy deserves the most credit as her gleeful execution can traverse time while Marsden nips alongside her. It is only when Sarandon's witch becomes live that the movie loses its place but never its heart, rhythm or pleasantness. 03-Aug-2017
LaLa Land (2016)
I was ready to be whisked to where magic lives, birds sing and where luscious landscapes enliven. The movie is excited to vent the notion but it doesn't estimate the arduous discipline it takes to make it art. From the expectation that these performers can coast, by doing so little but bring their star charm, the makers have concluded that we can withstand apprehensive dancing, direction and singing. This is not a musical but a high school drama audition. 23-Jul-2017
Beauteous of voice, vision and spirit. The songwriting lacks harmony and poetry which has become the norm in the Disney animated world and that I'm learning to become deaf to. Dwayne Johnson contributes a most dimensional and effervescent character. The mythological adventure falters from an abundance of mumbo jumbo. 10-Apr-2017
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
The leads showcase opulent faces and the soundtrack crackles. I could not express much curiosity for what happened to Eddie even though they kept twisting my head in that direction. The scope of his talent is featured more prominently than the man. My editor eye detected a slight "off notch" to the lip synchs but not enough to lose modulation. Like a summer book, the film is an easy read. 03-Apr-2017
King and I, The (1956)
At start my feet were in and then out but by end they were cemented. The children intro was exhausting and an excuse to waste time. Deborah Kerr seemed to be screaming her lines to an unknown audience in the balcony. Kickass Yul was also blaring and posing distractedly. The sets though incredible never lifted me pass the stage and I believe that was the point. We were watching an expensive and well crafted play. What is incomprehensible in the beginning gels at the end with Brynner totally in command and Kerr adding a voice he needed to hear. The ending should have had a better build up but it doesn't stop the production from soaring and the creativity floating. 26-Feb-2017
Dancer In The Dark (2000)
Musical genius meets mad film doctor. The matrimony elevates one master over the other because of cruelty and von Trier's lack of respect for Bjork's music. Her songs are never eased into or treated to illusory art as expected and deserved. He listlessly ponders and edits them to have little effect. What he can't squash is the heartbreak Bjork encapsulates. Her pain is our pain and Von Trier keeps tearing at it until she breaks. When she does break, it is as persisting as it is resplendent. 21-Feb-2017