Chicago (2002)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) All publicity is good publicity. Although the movie is set in the 1920s, it eerily summarises the modern media, making and breaking a person’s public image, creating false gods & celebrities for gullible readers & audiences with a short attention span.
2) Great screenplay and editing amalgamating the entire movie with jazz performances.
3) John C. Reilly as Amos, the simpleton pushover husband of Roxie Hart.
4) Magnificent musical numbers moving the story forward.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
1.
Billy Flynn: This is Chicago, kid. You can’t beat fresh blood on the walls.
2.
Roxie: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
Matron Mama Morton: You’re talking to the wrong people.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) An immortal classic novel adapted by Disney with an alternate and happy ending. Adapting a huge novel into a 90 minutes long musical animation is a triumph itself.
2) Frollo’s song “Hellfire“. Through this song, his entire character is summarised.
3) The primary theme of the movie remains racism and immigration.
4) Quality animation, fast screenplay, and apt soundtrack.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Quasimodo: SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY!

Mary Poppins (1964)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)” – a haunting melody
2) Dick Van Dyke as Bert, the jack-of-all-trades.
3) “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” – What a song for an upbeat climax!
4) The bank fiasco.

 

Cons –
1) The entire fantasy sequence inside the drawing.
2) Parenting guide – The movie.

 
Quote –
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

My Fair Lady (1964)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Grand production value – beautiful sets and great costumes. That Royal Ascot scene is the highlight of this majestic movie.
2) That iconic poster by Bob Peak.
3) Great music and excellent performances. Some great one-liners.
4) Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle – she got the Midas touch.
5) Climax – love can be expressed in the most subtle way.

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Professor Henry Higgins: Eliza? Where the devil are my slippers?

Mamma Mia! (2008)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Feel good movie
2) An ABBA musical
3) Fictional Greek island of Kalokairi

 

Cons –
1) Could be a lot funnier with such an ensemble

 

Quote –
Sophie: I want the perfect wedding, and I want my father to give me away.
Ali: Better be a wide aisle!

La La Land (2016)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –

 

1) Climactic epilogue with possible alt-ending.
2) John Legend’s monologue on Jazz
3) Cinematography
4) The only romantic scene where the movie clicks was when Mia leaves the restaurant and runs to the theater to watch Rebel Without a Cause with Seb.

 

Cons –

 

1) Mediocre songs with mediocre dance moves.
2) Too much hyped by 14 Oscar nominations

 

Quote –

 

Keith: How are you gonna be a revolutionary if you’re such a traditionalist?

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Definitive musical !
2) Songs : “Singin’ in the Rain” , “Make ‘Em Laugh”.
3) The acrobatics and energy level of lead actors is spectacular.
4) The movie is timeless. Notable for revealing secrets of movie behind the scenes.

 
Cons –

n/a

 
Quote –
Cosmo Brown: 🎶🎶 Oh, you could study Shakespeare and be quite elite,
And you could charm the critics and have nothing to eat,
Just slip on a a banana peel, the world’s at your feet
Make ’em laugh, make ’em laugh, make ’em laugh! 🎶🎶