Does La La Land Mark the Revival of the Old Hollywood Musical?
This year’s musical comes as an unexpected breath of fresh air. When was the last time you went to the theater to see a musical? Many would say years, if at all. But La La Land brings back the charm once seen on screens across America with the talents of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Donald O’ Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller and many others. In recent years, the musical seemed to have faded from sight replaced by sci-fi blockbusters and action flicks. Now, after the recent success at the Emmy Awards where La La Land broke a record with seven wins including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress, many are wondering if this is the beginning of a musical revival?
In fact, Daily Mail film critic Brian Viner said the film provided “lingering, old-fashioned sense of escapism brought on by all the best musicals.” And NPR’s David Edelstein said La La Land was “a musical tour de force”. And it has even been reported that audiences stood up out of their seats and cheered after viewing the uplifting, opening sequence of the film.
Indeed, in recent times of ISIS, terrorist attacks, and other forms of political and social upheaval, perhaps what the world needs is a light-hearted musical that takes the viewer away from reality, if only for 2 hours. Musicals did well during World War II as a form of escapism. Today, it may be refreshing to watch two people falling in love while singing and dancing as in La La Land, An American in Paris, Singing in the Rain, or the countless other musicals that convey the feelings of happiness and joy.
If you haven’t already seen some of these Old Hollywood Classics, maybe it is time you catch up and enjoy the magic. Here are 4 of our favorites:
Singing in the Rain
An American in Paris
Kiss Me Kate
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