This musical classic still holds up 65 years after its release. Wow. My take on this film will be short and simple. This movie was way ahead of its time and has done so much for cinema. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor were all magnificent.
The story revolves around Don Lockwood (Kelly) who is a movie star, and is often in films with Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). The public and even Lamont herself seem to think that they are in an actual relationship, but Lockwood doesn’t actually like her. His best friend, Cosmo (O’Connor), is a music mastermind that works on set with Lockwood and plays the comic relief character. When Lockwood runs into Kathy Seldon (Reynolds), the two eventually fall in love. Lockwood and Lamont are struggling with their film when “talkies” become the new craze in movies. And because of Lamont’s unpleasing voice they use Seldon’s voice to dub over hers, but Lamont threatens to sue to studio after she finds out.
The choreography in this film is simply amazing. I wonder how much time Kelly, Reynolds, and O’Connor had to rehearse and practice before they actually got to filming because I would need at least a year to learn all their dancing. And of course the film is known for its iconic songs like “Moses Supposes,” “Good Morning,” and of course “Singin’ in the Rain,” which now are all stuck in my head. I actually felt bad for Lina Lamont in the film, she may be dim-witted but Lockwood and the rest weren’t even going to tell her that Kathy replaced her voice and its not like its her fault that she doesn’t have a pleasing voice.
The whole “Gotta Dance” sequence could have easily been cut out of the film. By this point, I was getting kind of tired of all the music and dancing and this extended scene takes place in Don’s head meaning that it’s a significant part of Don’s movie, not the movie we’re watching – Singin’ in the Rain.
This movie is something I recommend watching if you’re feeling a little down and can use a pick me up. And I just have to say that it captures the movie making process really well. From the challenges of transitioning from silent film to sound or “talkies” and the painstaking process of re-shoots. I also think it’s refreshing to see Lon, Cosmo, and the head of the studio fight hard for Kathy to get credit for her role in the film when Lina tries to take it away. It something that you don’t see much in film nowadays.
I give this movie an A+