I love music and I love movies, so the revelation that I have a huge soft spot for musicals shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you put me in front of the TV with a good musical, you’ll lose me (whilst I lose my voice) until the credits roll. This week’s Saturday’s Super Six will share my favourite musical films, and wow, this was a hard one list to create. They’re all so good.
I won’t be including animated Disney films because, let’s face it, they’re all musicals and they’re all fantastic. I’m planning on doing a Saturday’s Super Six dedicated solely to Disney movies in the future, instead! Similarly, films such as Footloose, Save the Last Dance, Fame etc. won’t be included as I would consider them to be dance films, not musicals. I’m sure a Super Six will cover these in the future too.
Baz Luhrmann‘s Moulin Rouge is not only my favourite musicals but it’s also a huge contender for one of my favourite films of all time. I think it’s rare to love every single song, every single line and every single little thing about a musical, let alone a film, but when it comes to Moulin Rouge, I really do. You’re taken on a story of complete love, fun, dance, friends, betrayal, sadness and death and I’m constantly captivated. It’s stunning.
“The greatest thing you‘ll ever learn,
is just to love and be loved in return“
The songs are incredible too. They’re mash ups, covers, reinventions… seriously, if you take 3 classic songs and mash them into a new masterpiece, isn’t it just 3x as good as the original? Okay, maybe not, but you get my point.
One of my favourite scenes/songs/mash-ups:
I’ve seen Mary Poppins way too many times but it never feels old, outdated or any less enjoyable the more times I watch. Although there are a few songs that I properly dislike, e.g. every single song that doesn’t feature Julie Andrews or Dick Van Dyke, it’s never ruined the movie for me, because there are moments in Mary Poppins that are just fantastic.
The chemistry between Julie and Dick though. They’re my favourite. They both completely make the film for me.
Me and Matt both love Pitch Perfect. It’s so quirky. Despite focusing primarily on the female acapella group, it doesn’t feel like a chick flick – not like I’d mind, obviously. The introduction of Anna Kendrick‘s character Beca transforms the uptight, dare I say prudish Barden Bellas into a strong and modern acapella group.
In a world where acapella can fill up a full arena with cheering fans and an average college competition has three famous commentators, Beca’s changes to the group are a big deal.
The music in Pitch Perfect is a perfect combination of all genres. You’ve got a bit of classic rock, a bit of modern pop, rap… it’s fun and really easy to sing along to.
I sometimes forget that Les Misérables isn’t just a powerful story about the French Revolution, and me and Matt will sometimes put it on the telly to be horribly reminded how gut-wrenchingly sad this film is. It’s incredible, but my god, it makes me bawl like a baby.
I’m going to be completely honest here. When I saw this film for the first time at the cinema, I was in the middle of reading the novel and I knew it was a musical at the West End, but I had absolutely no idea that the Hollywood film version would be a musical. Not only was it a musical, but I don’t recall any non-singing in the movie. I was gob-smacked. Up until the end of “Look Down” (the cool one with the boats), I was like “yeah, it’s a musical, nice one” and then we were singing to the church, and saying sorry in song… I got the point. Either way, it was a nice surprise and it’s still one of my favourite films to this day.
Unpopular opinion maybe? I love Mamma Mia. So much. If me and Matt are just doing our separate thing at home, maybe he’s on the Xbox, who knows, neither of us would be surprised if I just shoved Mamma Mia on my laptop whilst I blog. And then sing along. And then go all gooey eyed. And then dream about living on a Greek island. *swoon*
I’m a huge ABBA fan. Really, a huge ABBA fan. The top-played section of my iTunes is almost completely made up of ABBA songs… (no shame). Then, you throw one of the best casts at me, including my sweetheart Amanda Seyfried, and how am I not supposed to fall in love? It’s lovely.
Into The Woods:
Me and Matt waited in anticipation for Into The Woods for years. We stalk upcoming movies on IMDB a lot, and we’d heard this was going to be released but knew nothing but a small plot write-up and it’s main cast members – to be honest, we didn’t even know it was previously a stage musical. When it finally was released, we jumped right at it and loved it.
It very cleverly ties together the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, by following a cursed baker’s family as they try and get their lives back on track. Again, this film has an incredible cast, a fantastic set of songs and one of the most unique story lines I’ve seen. I loved it!
Did you like my picks? What’s your favourite musical?
You can read my previous post here.