Classic Cinema: Singin’ in the Rain, review

When it comes to musicals, there are fewer greater or more popular than Singin’ in the Rain. It’s regularly in people’s top 10 films of all time and considered the greatest musical ever. The movie portrays so much fun and energy among its ensemble cast whilst telling the story of how a studio struggled to transition from the silent movie era to the talkies. As a classic film from a time which doesn’t seem to exist any more, this is a timeless classic which should be on all movie lovers to watch list.

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Gene Kelly plays Hollywood heartthrob Don Lockwood who we first see giving his life story to a showbiz reporter for all of his doting fans to hear all of whom are waiting just outside of the premier for his latest film. During his career things start to change with the death of silent cinema after the introduction of sound. At the same time, he meets the feisty and charming Kathy Selden, wonderfully portrayed by Debbie Reynolds in a role which saw the actress permanently elevated to legendary status. Her sassy comebacks, refusal of his flirtatious ways and unwillingness to give up on her dreams makes her the perfect role model. The addition of Cosmo Brown, played effortlessly (even the dancing looks easy but you know it’s not!) by Donald O’Connor, these are the three true stars of the film.

Between the three of them, they concoct a plan to save their movie which, due to poor dialogue and sound issues, received some pretty harsh initial reactions during previews. However their movie also comes under threat from the lead female actress Lina Lamont, played by Jean Hagen, who requires acting and elocution lessons just to make it through her first non-silent movie. She consistently steals each scene that shes in, particularly during a lesson of hers. All I will say is “And I can’t stand him!”. Comedy perfection.

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Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, the film is a beautiful cocktail of music, singing, dancing, comedy and love. The timing of each joke is fine tuned to perfection, the musical numbers sound and look stunning and the love shared between the characters feels genuine and heartfelt. Singin’ in the Rain has a spark like no other, a truly magical experience on the big screen as well as the small. It’ll have you singing inside and out, whether it’s raining or not.

5 out of 5.

Keep. It. Reel.

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