A light-hearted take on the transition from silent to sound in the movie industry which most actors struggled to adapt to in the golden era, so let's take that depressing period and turn it into a comedic musical. It's really a sight to behold how many choreographed dance numbers they fit in here but every unique song and dance just moves like liquid that's washed in kaleidoscopic colours and overwhelming set pieces.
Highly enjoyable and truly admirable in terms of the unsurpassed choreography, reaching its apex in the eponymous scene, as well as the one with the nearly levitating O'Connor early on in the film, this Donen/Kelly classic has lost much of its appeal due to the unashamedly candid, but often severely dated, emotional extravaganza. The transition to sound is a schematic and self-referential plot to aid the dance acts.
One myth about cinephiles is that we're sad bastards who won't get excited for anything less cynical than Kubrick. It's not like we haven't done anything to deserve it, but then you must account for this one, among the most canonical and relentlessly happy films ever made. It may be because its view is near to ours: that this whole movie-making apparatus is absurd—but when it works, oh man, there's nothing like it.
Nice musical. The cinematography especially in the scene with like a broadway thing was a treat. Mostly impressive for the dancing and everything the story could be hit or miss for some people I definitely felt it weighing the film down at some points. Must watch classic most modern films are 10x worse that this (not saying that its bad, its pretty good)
This movie made it to the list for being an iconic film since the time it was released. A fun musical, full of comedy and romance. But at the sane time it is about an important period and transition for the cinema thanks to the beginning of "talkies". The cinematography by itself is just amazing, and the fact that the direction team made the simulation of rain on set gives the film a higher and outstanding value.
As Hollywood was in danger of being revealed in all its hypocrisy through its own voice rebelling against its images, the only way to get closer to reality was to push its artifices and dream-like aesthetic so far that they looped around and reached some kind of truth. A scathing satire and a tribute, the alpha and the omega of musicals, till the stars turn cold.
A playful, happy and colorful mood over the entire production that makes me happy as this is one charming film that even melts away my harder layers. Gorgeous dance choreography especially the surreal number with beautiful femme fatale, Cyd Charisse is fantastic to behold and there is a lot of funny in-jokes that are golden for those with big interest in film history and the transition from silent to sound film.