Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain ★★★★½

Singin' in the Rain is one of the most joyous films I've ever seen. It has such a charming energy. I honestly think that whenever I try to picture old Hollywood from now on this will be the movie I'm visualizing. Plus, the film is often referenced in pop culture and many of the musical numbers are still recognizable now so even though I hadn't seen it before it had some familiarity.

Singin' in the Rain is a great showcase for the cast. Gene Kelly was such an incredible talent, and I doubt he ever shined brighter than he does here. Donald O'Connor is sort of the unsung hero here since he is probably got the least recognition of the main three cast members, but he is such a fun presence here. His Make 'Em Laugh number was one of the true highlights. Finally, of course the beautiful Debbie Reynolds has some great chemistry with the two male leads and is just as good during the musical numbers.

What really shocked me about this film is how timelessly funny it is. The dialogue brings a lot of laughs, but there's also a lot of funny physical comedy from the dancing. I laughed through the whole Moses Supposes His Toeses are Roses number. Jean Hagen's bits are consistently funny too. I've never been the biggest fan of musicals, but this is undoubtedly my all time favorite.

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