Monday, February 14, 2011

Better Late Than Never -- A Big Thum Up

So I'm a big, fat, graceless, dying, middle-aged [and the tail end o' that] man.

Until Saturday night, I'd never seen Top Hat.

I have no love for the musical.  While I don't need every film to play like a documentary, I usually seek a certain verisimilitude in my motion pictures.  And the sight of men and women bursting into song is inconsistent with that.


When Bellotoot bursts into an a capalla vversion of a commercial, I cringe.

Not because it's Bellotoot, but because it's bursting and it's unaccompanied.

So I went into feeling bold for stepping outside my usual tastes, but not expecting much.

I thought it was Freaking Great.

And you can quote me.

The comedy was top notch, the timing was impeccable ["that's um -puh-kahb-uh-luh"].
well, these two rocked. . . .

Ginger Rogers was hot as balls.

And Fred Astaire was just fucking great.

My exposure to him has almost always been dance clips [whole dance performances fro films] and his turn as Alexander Mundy's father in "It Takes  A Thief."

You know, I'm an Astaire expert.


Anyway -- that cat was about as natural [at least in this movie] at actually breaking into song as a logical extension of his conversation/character/motivation, etc.   as I've ever seen.

He's so utterly enjoying life that he really does start dancing or singing whever he wants.

Fucking amazing.


oh, yeah.  That was Saturday.

Sunday I was roped into seeing The Eagle by my lady friend's daughter.  She dangled a friendly review from Ebert.

I liked this movie too.  An old-fashioned romans take on warriors of Scotland flick.

Damned fine.  No CGI.  Very few special effects [other than 30 fps action shots rather than 24 fps].  Just some decent acting, and some not painful exchanges with "the natives."


2 comments:

Mythical Monkey said...

Eventually I'll write about Top Hat, my pick as the best movie of 1935, but on the off-chance I have a stroke and die before next year, I'll just say that watching Astaire and Rogers dance in this movie always makes me think that maybe there's a heaven afterall.

Mythical Monkey said...

By the way, speaking of The Eagle, Katie-Bar-The-Door and I have been to Hadrian's Wall, which the Romans built on the border of England and Scotland.

Terrific civil engineers, those Romans.