AFI #5 – Singin’ in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain Poster.jpgSingin’ in the Rain

1952

Directed by Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen

Netflix says… Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor combine their talents in one of the greatest big-screen musicals ever made, a two-time Oscar nominee that includes the songs “Good Morning,” “Make ‘Em Laugh” and the iconic title tune. When Hollywood attempts the transition from silent films to talkies, a matinee idol (Kelly) hopes to make the cut. But he’s hampered by a silent movie queen (Jean Hagen) with a voice like fingernails on a blackboard.

This one is a first for me. I’m sure, before going into it, I’ll like it just fine. Not sure if I’ll put it at number five in my own personal list of favorite movies. But I do like musicals, so I feel confident that I’ll at least enjoy watching it. Also, this one has a plus that the last two movies don’t have: it’s under two hours long as opposed to pushing four.

All right, this has been great. For me, the music isn’t a favorite. I mean, it’s good, but I prefer a different style I guess. But the movie is funny in all the right places. It’s great that old Hollywood is able to satirize older Hollywood.

You know, that Gene Kelly sure can dance. His feet flail about as if independent from his body!

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