Last week, Will surprised me with tickets to see LaLa Land! We both loved it and listened to the soundtrack the whole way home.
So, for this week’s Friday Favorites, I wanted to give you my top five favorite movie musicals:
Coincidentally, also the best movie ever made.
Ignore that grumpy old man photo bomber in the background.
I have seen Newsies somewhere in the area of a kajillion times, so I can speak with some authority on this: it’s a rare gem of cinematic genius. Two words: CHRISTIAN BALE.
He sings. He does an approximation of dancing. He wears a cowboy hat. Thank you, Disney and 1993 for this movie. Also if you own the VHS (which I do), there is an anti-drug commercial during the previews where the cast members ward off some drug pushers in their baggy, early 90’s street clothes while playing basketball. Youtube it, it’s not to be missed.
The costumes, the songs, the tuberculosis!!! The movie is equal parts really wonderful and really strange. Nicole Kidman accounts for a fair amount of that, but I love her just the same. Ewan McGregor is perfect.
Case in point.
Meet Me in St. Louis.
Because, Judy Garland.
You know, they really don’t make em like they used to! I actually consider this a Christmas movie, but I suppose it’s an all seasons flick if there is such a thing.
If only life was still like this:
When (also WHY) did we as a culture stop singing around the piano in our best capes before dinner?
I’m going to be honest, I would obviously rather watch the live musical (which I’ve seen 8 times), and I struggle at times with the singing (namely because of someone whose name rhymes with Tussell Lowe) but I still love this movie and once told my sister I wanted to ‘Quit life and just watch Les Mis all day.’
The cinematography is stunning, and I love how intimate you get to be with the characters and the story.
Yes, Evita. The one with Madonna. In my defense, I was in this musical in high school and have a strong attachment to the music because memories and nolstalgia and what not. But also, whatever, I love this movie. Madonna plays both a 15 year old and a 24 year and I think she was somewhere in the ballpark of 40 when she was cast but again, WHATEVER. She kills it. Antonio Banderas is smoldering and lurk-y in the best possible way.
So, that’s 5. But I can’t stop there! Here are a few Honorable Mentions:
- Mama Mia (it’s like a musical vacation!)
- Fiddler on the Roof (look, it’s a little long. But Sunrise, Sunset gets me every time)
- Mary Poppins (Mary Poppers, as my nephew used to say)
- The Last Five Years (I’m not sure anyone saw this movie but me, and you should)
- Singing in the Rain (Gene Kelly gets me! He was one of my first crushes)
- Rent (almost all of the original cast! So good).
- The Sound of Music (Julie Andrews forever).
And if any movie executives are reading, please make the following musicals into movies:
- Hamilton (If you do it soon, you can use the original cast. Think about it).
Do you like movie musicals? What are your favorites?