EppsNet at the Movies: Singin’ in the Rain

13 Jan 2014 /

Singin' in the Rain

We saw Singin’ in the Rain on Netflix this weekend. Why this film is so beloved is a mystery to me. It feels thrown together, like someone took a bunch of unrelated songs and wrote a plot around them. Which in fact is what they did.

And the songs aren’t that great either. In particular, “Singin’ in the Rain” is not a great song . . . the melody is boring and it’s not a great lyric.

The Cyd Charisse sequence seems to have been dropped in from a different movie.

The Music Man is better. Mary Poppins is better. The King and I is better. My Fair Lady is better. That’s just off the top of my head.

The Wizard of Oz is better, but I’m not sure that counts as a musical.

Great dance numbers though.

Singin’ in the Rain

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Cast: Gene Kelly Don Lockwood, Donald O’Connor Cosmo Brown, Debbie Reynolds Kathy Selden, Jean Hagen Lina Lamont

IMDb rating: 8.3 (168,059 votes)


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