Yes, ‘ Rocketman ‘ will be a long way from amassing the insulting amount of millions that the Queen biopic made, probably the music and movie business of the century of Music Movies. But not everything is real life in musicals. What’s more: nothing is real in musicals.
Now that Steven Spielberg, at this point, gets into the thick of making a remake of ‘ West Side Story ‘, it occurs to us that it is a good time to remember our favorite musicals.
It’s not easy living in a musical. If life were like this, if people started dancing and singing according to the mood, I’m not sure our lives would be better or more colorful and lively. Since the golden age of the musical, with ‘ The Wizard of Oz ‘, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (for example) at the helm, Hollywood and the rest of the world have been on the prowl waiting for their musical moment.
The same thing has happened on television, with examples as powerful as ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ or the remembered musical episode of ‘ Buffy the Vampire Slayer ‘, both works signed by Joss Whedon.
We are going to review them in no particular order , because that way there is more suspense and a dramatic component to the list, some of the musicals that have made us laugh, dream and awe the most since we went out of our way for the movies. Come on, leave your comments below to see what you’ve missed.
Between ‘Hot Saddles’ and ‘Bone Tomahawk’, Trey Parker showed unusual talent by adapting a tragedy similar to what we would see in the blackest and most forceful ‘Ravenous’ a few years later.
Also known as ‘Cannibal: The Musical’, the prank with which those responsible for ‘South Park’ began is an indisputable masterpiece, and therefore the best film that has carried the Troma logo in its entire history. Hopefully an edition in Spain at the height of their songs.
This monument to pop-rock could be the best John Waters movie, but what is 100% certain is the coolest Depp in life. Also, Traci Lords, Iggy Pop, Dafoe, great songs, setting… everything you could ask for from a musical but with the dirty touch of a director who touched the sky here.
A movie that would unceremoniously destroy Coppola’s ‘Rebels’ and an unforgettable pop marvel that, as a joke, is super serious. You may be more than his other famous musical film, but the beautiful one was the story of El Lágrima.
Impossible not to get emotional with the crescendos of the themes and with that goldsmith’s work that is each frame of plants. There was a time when Frank Oz was the best director in the world. His works between creations by Jim Henson, psychotic comedies with Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss and his collaborations with Steve Martin (twenty years since ‘Bowfinger: the rogue’) confirm this. On top of all that, he’s Yoda.
Here everything is in perfect divine order. The actors, the songs, the sets, the humor, the sense of 1950s invasion cinema… based on much more understated work by Roger Corman and Charles B. Griffith, supported by the immense work of Howard Ashman, ‘ Little Shop of Horrors’ is one of those larger-than-life musicals. And better.
Among many other things, between folk occultism, urban legend and excessive Satanism, Robin Hardy’s masterpiece is the only film that accurately reflects what the world would be like if life were the same as in a musical: it would be a bloody nightmare unbearable.
Light and darkness have never been so opposed and confronted without knowing how to differentiate one from the other. The horror genre is not something that tends to marry well with the musical, and the fault, or at least part of it, belongs to whoever made that mixture possible in a way that no one could ever surpass.
t is not usually recognized as such, but it is a more than worthy heir to the Burton more akin to terror. Picking up the legacy of a musical like this takes a good deal of bravery. And there is plenty of that.
Each camera movement, each shot, is at the service of each of the lyrics that make up the verses of each song. A tragedy, a joy, a pie of personality and rigor. Masterpiece.
Nicholas Stoller is still an almost certain value, but when he shot this madness he was still infallible. Luck of a pseudo-sequel to the lofty ‘Paso de ti’, the quintessential romantic comedy of the millennium, ‘Todo sobre mi desmadre’ is the playground of two comedians in a state of grace. And also an accurate bittersweet musical , but always hilarious.
Jonah Hill and Russell Brand transformed into the fat man and the skinny man of the music industry and drugs in a series of hilarious moments and pop gems that bring us back to the brit-pop of the late nineties without breaking a sweat. A jewel.
The initial perspective is dark and adult : the rag characters have broken off relationships (few things are sadder in your life than some passage in the first half hour of the film), both professional and personal.
Now the muppets are condemned to oblivion by an audience that is no longer what it was and that is satisfied with a funny television program and from three to a quarter where there is no room for good intentions and the magic of yesteryear. We live in a world where there is no place for them and it seems that nobody remembers that years ago they made millions of viewers happy.
It’s been more than fifty years since Mel Brooks’ debut and no one has managed to make a funnier musical than ‘The Producers’. There is not much more to add, except that it may not be fair to classify it as the funniest “musical” of all time. It also wouldn’t hurt to recognize Dick Shawn’s LSD (Lorenzo St. DuBois) as the funniest character of all time.
It is not because it is one of the great comedies in the history of cinema. His irreverence was way ahead of its time, and he introduced audiences to the new and unique style that, despite some gems to come, has never been better captured on screen. Bialystock and Bloom were pioneers in succeeding with the fiasco. Geniuses.
As fascinating as the first day. Interestingly, over time, its visual narrative is enjoyed almost more than the themes that shape the story, little joke if we consider that the weakest song in the film would be number one in any current trendy publication.
John Cameron Mitchell returned the most glorious rock to the place it deserved in the film industry with a tragedy of epic proportions and the best sound imaginable.
Watching the Beatles have fun was a fun thing. What’s more: it’s still fun. ‘Help!’ It ‘s unbearable, idiotic and full of ups and downs , but friends, what a joy it is to see the band that ever made the best songs fight against strange cults to the rhythm of eternal melodies.
Richard Lester was always a trustworthy guy and, furthermore, he was one of the referents of pop in world cinema during the sixties. Two feature films with the four from Liverpool, ‘The knack… and how to get it’, ‘How I won the war’… always closely linked to pop, he would reach heaven with ‘Robin and Marian’ and two excellent sequels to ‘Superman ‘.
One of those films for which my generation, at some point in its life, tried to dance more or less well. More or less loose. More or less fun. Or drive a tractor.
Kevin Bacon was already an icon, but his unforgettable Ren, the young city pimp who is too small for a small town full of prohibitions , stole our hearts. Best of all, it keeps walking just as cool.
A collection of postcards and binder fodder. Fun, with great songs, and with a full Travolta in a way that made us know what pettiness was.
Among many other things, all good, ‘Grease’ is Lorenzo Lamas’s masterpiece.
Despite the fact that ‘Shock Treatment’ almost ruined Jim Sharman’s work in this full-color Martian that weaves between traditional horror and transvestite glam eroticism.
It may not hold up to scrutiny, because this is excess for excess’s sake, but the soundtrack takes us by the hand into that house of absurd horrors.
We have all been very harsh and ungrateful with the movie. It’s not the hipster Primark musical one expects when someone tells what ‘La La Land’ is. In fact, it looks more like a musical from the golden age of Hollywood than going out in Malasaña, so that’s where we’re going.
The most remarkable thing about the film, in addition to two initial numbers that make the return trip impossible, is that it is a devastating love story and the price of dreams. Like all of Damien Chazelle ‘s work. Life itself, but being beautiful people.
Exemplary adaptation of an eternal story where one doubts if they will not end up devouring children or reforming Neverland with sexy chocolate.
Imaginative, straight to the point and with some musical numbers that make you cry with laughter, she allows herself the luxury of getting her hands on some untouchable licenses after having made the respectable doubt about certain abuses and clichés.
An excellent cast, better setting and desire to make us all enjoy. Well, very good, Tim.
Yes, it may seem like the tackiest and best designed movie to make our mothers fall in love, but hey, a movie that reveals The Ronettes or Mickey & Sylvia deserves all our respect.
Beyond the classics, excellent songs and a charming setting for one of those strange, magical films against which it is impossible to resist. That’s why it’s a classic, I say.
Therapy. ‘Singing in the rain’ is more than just a movie. It is medicine for the soul , an injection of energy that helps to move forward. Possibly the cinema was invented to create musicals and thus reach the masterpiece (or not) of Stanley Donen. And Gene Kelly.
Once, John Landis was the best director in the world. Here he went too far, something usual in his cinema, but take the dance away from the person responsible for bringing a musical to a successful conclusion in the service of John Belushi.
Excessive, full of soul, of cameos, of rhythm, ‘Rogues at full rhythm’ is a musical so complete that it is a better musical than a comedy.
If the adventures of the Blues Brothers are exhausting for you, between country songs and massive chases, maybe ‘Dance in the dark’ is your thing.
Before Thom Yorke dared to set the remake of Dario Argento ‘s masterpiece to music , the Radiohead leader helped promote the exact opposite of the vitality of ‘Singing in the Rain’ or the contagious joy of ‘Grease’.
Love her. Hate her. But don’t sit idly by. For many, Baz Luhrmann’s masterpiece (for yours truly that is ‘The Great Gatsby’) is this “cloying” musical that delights the public more accustomed to the old guard of the genre.
An excellent cast and a top musical section for a hit that won two Academy Awards.
We say goodbye to one of those films that have a place in any self-respecting list. Brian De Palma scored the definitive ‘Faust’ based on pop-rock and fantastic tragedy. One of the most important and least recognized films of the seventies.