Maybe it’s just me, but I find the scheme of typical movie musicals – an ordinary movie except where at some points the stars and supporting cast burst into song and dance instead of dialogue or narrative-- utterly ridiculous. I really have no patience for them because they take me right out of whatever suspension of disbelief I might have and slap me in the face with their unreality.
I have found a few exceptions to this, all in movies that are in large part about music or musical theater. The first musical I remember really liking is All That Jazz, where of course nearly naked hot chicks didn’t hurt either. More recently I’ve found a couple of others. As It Is In Heaven is an Swedish film about retired conductor being more or less drafted into conducting a local community choir. I just saw another in a similar vein – The Concert is a French comedy about a Russian conductor who was forced out of his career during the bad old communist days, and arranges a comeback concert. I thought both were great, or near great, films, if perhaps a bit sappy. Still, since the characters are immersed in music as part of their lives, I’m able to buy into the concept and enjoy them.
So what else should I like?