Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Musical Dramas: Films To Watch

Film stars singing can always make us feel a little uncertain at first because we most likely have only seen them act so when it comes to musicals, you usually either love them or hate them. I have never been a massive musical fan when it comes to films, I love musicals at theatres but when there is a film I always have a feeling of uncertainty. I have realised that I do like musical films but only ones that for me have a proper storyline which is dramatic and has a bit of a history behind it. So sorry to all the High School Musical fans but that definitely it not on my list. Here are a few musical drama films which I think that if you are undecided about the musical concept might make you like them more and grab your attention.

This is a film based in 1930's Germany, at the stage where the Nazi Party is becoming more popular. I love history in films rather than just present day so I was immediately sucked into this film because of its style and ambiance. The great Liza Minnelli stars as the lead role and it follows her time performing at a club and her relationship with a British Man. When I first saw the film I was shocked by the length of Liza Minnelli's eyelashes, seriously they look like spiders on her eyes. But in terms of the content of the film I was surprised with how the film ended because I really was not expecting it to have a storyline like it does. In terms of the songs, it is not a full on every word is sung kind of film, you have a mix between spoken word and singing. For me I do prefer to have that because it feels like the songs are a lot more powerful when they do come around. My favourite songs from the film are Mein HerrMoney Money, Maybe This Time and the title song Cabaret. It does have a bit of comedy throughout especially with the song performances, I really enjoyed the film and it won a lot of Oscars too.

Les Miserables
I think most of us would have heard of this regardless if you have seen the film. This came out and was one of the most talked about films in 2013, and because of that I did go and see it in the cinema. No joke I wanted to stand on my seat and sing along at some parts because it made me feel so empowered with music I felt like I was going to explode (in a good way). Quick brief of the storyline is that it is set in 19th Century France and focuses a lot on the revolutionary period of the time. I cannot really explain in detail because the characters all have different stories and ultimately link together. Now this really is what I call a musical because they pretty much sing every single word, which at first I was like....oh help me. But! you actually appreciate it so much more because it does that and for some strange reason because it is all so well acted you sort of forget about it. It is filmed so beautifully and I cannot fault anyone, as I think everyone in the film did a spectacular job. Some of the songs that stood out for me are On My Own, Do You Hear The People Sing? and I Dreamed a Dream. Not ashamed to admit I did actually shed a few tears throughout the film which was completely unexpected, but it is such a great film that I think you would enjoy.

The Sound of Music
"Doe, a deer, a female deer, Ray, a drop of golden sun" I just want to sing it out loud, Ultimate Classic, which if you have not seen, well what are you waiting for! I am sure you will know the story outline, but it follows the young Maria (Julie Andrews) who leaves the convent to become a governess for the Von Trapp family. I have always loved The Sound of Music, not just because of its amazing super great songs, but because of the plot line too. Again similar to Cabaret it is set in the 1930's but in Austria at a later date when it had been annexed in the Third Reich and was being taken over by the Nazi Party. It has a great historical matter to it and for me that is one of the reasons I love it. You can usually see this film on the TV at Christmas Time or New Years and I know most of the words to the songs because I have seen it so many times. Warning it is quite a long film, but it is totally worth it and could easily be one of your favourite things... (see what I did there).

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Hello Johnny Depp like you have never seen him before. This is a musical horror film, but it is not really that scary, gory and violent yes. When I first heard about this I instantly had that face of confusion, but when I heard Tim Burton would be directing it then I kind of understood how it would all look. There is a lot of singing, talking singing, so there are only a few bits in the film where no singing is involved. I did actually like the film and thought I would include it because it is a more grown up musical if you like. It is set in the Victorian age where Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp) a barber, kills his customers and along with his accomplice (Helena Bonham Carter) then cook them into pies. Haha just writing that it sounds disgusting but it is a completely different take on a musical drama which I think out of the others mentioned you really will have a love hate relationship with. Now honestly I would not say the singing is the best I have heard (still love you Johnny) but if you like the style of films Tim Burton directs then you will really enjoy this one.

These are a few of the musicals I like to watch because they have a storyline to them. Not being an immediate musical fan I find with these they slowly bring that transition into enjoying musical films.

I would love to know what you think, have you seen any of these films? Let me know in the comments to if there are any you think are good and would recommend to watch?

Hope you are having a lovely Wednesday

Elle x


  1. oh my goodness, i cried like a baby through Les Mis. That tugged at the heart strings so hard :(

    xo marlen
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    1. Oh I know! I couldn't believe how emotional I got through the whole film, Elle x


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