Friday, 1 February 2013

50 musicals challenge: les mis, 7 brides..., annie get your gun

04 - Les Miserables (2012)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried
Rating: 7/10
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

See review.
In short: The film is beautiful, the music is wonderful, the performances are of varying quality and everything I cared about was in the second half. In no way terrible but a little underwhelming.

Taster: On My Own

05 - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Starring: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards
Rating: 6/10
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

On paper I shouldn't like this movie - it's about a bunch of brothers who kidnap women to be their wives! If you're willing to forgive that though this is a perfectly pleasant movie. It's a little rough around the edges but full heart and good humour and it's easy to understand why children love it. Most of the musical numbers are okay but the real stand-out is the barn dance challenge sequence which is just beautiful! It's colourful and lively and just looks like a lot of fun!

Taster: The barn dance

06 - Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Starring: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern
Rating: 4/10
The story of the great sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, who rises to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

This didn't work for me AT ALL (which is why it doesn't get a picture!) It's racist, it's horribly sexist (she literally has to pretend to suck at shooting in order to get the guy! SO MUCH RAGE!) and I really didn't care about the romance. The only number between Annie and Frank with any real sexual tension is 'Anything You Can Do...' and weirdly it comes towards the end of the movie... It's the standard 'rivals become lovers' plot but in reverse and they still end up together!?! Not one I'll be rewatching!

Taster: Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

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