In the annals of history, people will always try to argue what was the best film of a particular year, at a particular point in time. But with a film like Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen's Singin' In The Rain, there is no contest, quite simply none. Yesterday I had the joy of seeing it on the big screen with my girlfriend, as the first of Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events Big Screen Classics for 2017.
Gene Kelly, a name that will never be forgotten, even 100 years from now. He was the quintessential song and dance man, attacking each role he'd taken on over the years and making it his own. His voice and the songs he sung are legend, and in Singin' in the Rain, songs like Moses Supposes, Broadway Melody, Good Mornin', and of course the titular song of the film, are in my opinion, staples of his overall career in movies. There will quite literally never be another actor like Gene Kelly, his shoes are just too big to fill, and I doubt that anyone will ever attempt to fill them.
Debbie Reynolds, for whom the screening is dedicated, once again does a fabulous job as Kathy Selden, singing and dancing her way into hearts again, and showing Gene Kelly's character of Don Lockwood, that being an actor is so much more then just ham-acting, and that being a person is so much more too. When she and Gene sing together, their voices match so beautifully and their dancing
Donald O'Connor, well there's not much to be said about dear Donald. He makes us laugh, he helps push Gene and Debbie's characters together, he keeps Gene's spirits up and does what he does best, show us all what a little laughter, a little joy and a little merriment can do to brighten a person's day.
Gene Kelly movies are always must see's, if its a picture he is in tis' worth one's time to watch it. Singin' In The Rain is worth it because this lavish classic Hollywood musical extravaganza is a film that is timeless, 100% timeless, and it should be seen and enjoyed by all. Like the poster says, "What a glorious feeling".