Excerpt: Singin' in the Rain is often hailed as the greatest musical ever made. It's constantly referenced in modern film, and has been universally labeled as a masterpiece. So would it be strange if I were to say this film would've been much better without the musical numbers? I have nothing against musicals. Some of my favorite films are musicals.
Excerpt: Again, admittedly this critic is not a huge fan of musicals. Nevertheless, viewing this again as an adult, it was surprisingly entertaining and funny in all aspects. Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is a popular actor who tolerates the boastful antics of dim witted Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). He accidentally meets a talented Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). He developed his talents as a child with Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor).
Summary: This movie really drags in places and is much longer than it needs to be. It's also difficult to watch "Make 'Em Laugh" without thinking of the blatant plagiarism. It's still a good musical, though; it's just not one of the greats. If you want to see Gene Kelly at his best, watch Summer Stock instead.
Summary: One of my favorite films and the best musicals ever made. A film that manages to succeed both as a musical with inimitable and memorable soundtrack, but also as a comedy - lampooning the transition between silent and talking films.
Summary: The best movie musical would be a great movie even without the music. Jean Hagen is a comedy delight, and the many character actors in supporting roles add to the movie's charm. Add in Gene and Debbie's singin' and dancin' and squabblin', and then top it off with the best filmed dance routine of all time--Donald O'Connor's "Make 'em Laugh"--and you have the unbeatably perfect movie musical.