FBMR - Singin' in the Rain
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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) ****

I love this movie. I’ve loved this movie ever since I was a kid. I was very lucky that my mother introduced me to many different styles of film from many different eras. It is arguably one of the best musicals of all time. Sure, it’s dated, but it still stands the test of time.

This movie takes place in the mid 1920s when the film industry made the leap from silent films to talking pictures. It’s fun to see how much different film making was in the silent era compared to the complications of making a talkie. The story is tremendously clever and quite funny. One of the opening scenes where Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is telling the story about his rise to fame is hilarious. The musical numbers are very diverse in style, from grandiose (“Broadway Melody”) to romantic (“You Are My Lucky Star”) to simple and goofy (“Make ‘Em Laugh”). Admittedly, some parts are slower than others, but overall it is a brilliant film. Gene Kelly shines as usual, Donald O’Connor is a riot, Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fischer’s mother incidentally) is great, and Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont steals the show.

It’s a feel-good movie for all ages. It never fails to put a smile on my face.

IMDb - Singin' in the Rain