10 Must-Watch Musicals | TheReviewGeek Recommends
Musicals have been a very special genre where the factors that decide the fate of a film are multiplied. As a result, pulling off a musical is a tall order. But despite it being a tough task, we have been blessed with a constant supply of phenomenal musicals since the early years of cinema.
We’ve combed through tons of movies blended with music to put together the list of our must-watch musicals. We love to hear your thoughts, so do mention your thoughts about our picks in the comments below!
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Even by today’s standards, the vivid plot of Singin’ in the Rain feels absolute fresh and innovative. The classic tells the story of a silent film star who is having trouble adjusting to the new norm of talking pictures. The situation takes an interesting turn as he gets smitten by a chorus girl – in presence of an overly jealous co-star.
The combination of superb acting, incredible scripting, flawless direction, and music of course make this film a truly glorious experience.
The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King is a story so strong that it unshackles our heads and hearts in an unprecedented way. Following the murder of his courageous father by his uncle, a lion cub called Simba is forced to leave the empire he was to inherit. However, after he grows up, he returns with his sight set on what rightfully belongs to him.
With its solid storyline, the film proves that we don’t always need a human figure to inspire us. Animals can motivate and pump us up as well as humans. What’s more, there are some awesome musical numbers.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
A biographical drama based on the life of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the British rock band, Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody delivers on all levels. The film focuses on Freddie’s struggle in his personal life as he attains the peak of stardom as an unparalleled vocalist.
Whether or not Bohemian Rhapsody is completely consistent with the real events of Freddie’s life is debatable. But, all in all, the film is a satisfying overview of Mercury’s most important phase in life. Once you finish it, you will have more to say about him.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz is probably the best blend of musical and adventure fantasy around today.
A young lady and her dog travel to the magical land of Oz. They need to meet the wizard in order to get back to their homeland and get their wishes fulfilled.
You have multiple reasons to watch the film, and once such reason is that the film has got a bunch of bizarre characters – characters that can’t be explained using simple statements.
La La Land (2016)
La La Land is an absolute treat to watch for everyone who can stand romantic dramas. The film tells the story of a pianist and an actress who fall in love while on the quest for professional success.
While many categorize the film as one of the overrated ordinaries, but it must be understood that the true beauty of La La Land lies in its simplistic portrayal of love.
Swades has what can best be described as the heart of humanity. A NASA scientist lets go of his scientific ambitions when he realizes he can positively impact the lives of people in a rural Indian community.
Besides the magic in its plot, the film poses an important question about whether the lofty development missions we are after are really that essential given majority of the world population doesn’t have access to basic amenities.
What’s more, the songs used in the movie are a sheer delight to the ears.
A classic with the potential to inspire lovers today and tomorrow. While on a vacation in Australia, Danny and Sandy fall head over heels in love with each other. After some time apart, they find themselves in the same high school – where they have the opportunity to rekindle their love.
The film is easy-flowing without any bumps throughout its runtime. And a big kudos to the Grease team for helping us picture what romance in the 70’s felt like.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
This one needs no introduction, does it? A young girl who is forced to live with a monster soon finds out that her captor is a cursed prince. And as you correctly expected, the beast goes on to win the lady’s heart.
The beautiful fantasy is based on the 1740 fairy tale of the same name by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.
And, in every way possible, the animation film reinvigorates the original work.
West Side Story (1961)
A beautiful tale retold in the company of heart-melting music. Two youngsters fall in love against the backdrop of extreme violence and gang wars. Their reunion is in jeopardy as the rumble begins to directly affect them.
West Side Story presents a romantic drama in such a spectacular way that its impact continues to ring in viewers’ heads for a long time.
Mary Poppins (1964)
It’s an elegant plot that’s been explored and executed splendidly. An angelic nanny – through her loving gestures and dedicated efforts – fixes a family and brings the members closer than before.
The ecstatic lady is the queen of happiness who has an eternal reservoir of love and glee to offer to people around her.
Mary Poppins is a movie you should defining pick to watch when you want to do some self-upliftment.
So there we have it, our picks for must-watch musicals.
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!