Rob’s review published on Letterboxd:
I haven’t seen many musicals, but Singin’ in the Rain is probably the best one I’ve seen. I knew this was a classic and that’s why I watched it, but for some reason I expected to not like it very much. I was happily surprised when this turned out to be fantastic, but I really should have expected that from the beginning. This also might lead to me watching more classic musicals now, so I guess I’m glad it’s pushing me.
This is about an actor named Don during Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies. Don has been making silent films with his acting partner Lina for years and he and the studio want to transition to talkies. While Don sounds good, Lina sounds awful, so their first talkie is a failure. Don tries to save it by turning it into a musical, so he gets the help of young actress Kathy to do a voiceover for Lina.
The reason I was interested in this was because it’s a story about Hollywood. Movies about making movies and people who make movies always interest me, so I was more into watching this when I figured out that’s what it’s about. The story is just fantastic though. It’s pretty simple, but it just works perfectly. I also thought that all of the actors, while maybe a bit over-the-top, were amazing in their roles.
I really have only one very minor complaint and it’s probably one most people won’t have. I’m really not the biggest fan of musicals, so some of the musical numbers dragged a bit for me. This wasn’t every one of them, but there was a few times when I would be wondering how much longer they would be singing for.
So overall I really enjoyed this movie. It’s a classic and I absolutely understand why that is. If you’re a movie fan at all, this is definitely essential for you. This is one of those that’s always on must watch lists and for good reason. Even if you’re not extremely into musicals like me, I still recommend checking this one out.