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Top 5 Dazzling Musical Movie reviews

Do you know the feeling of wanting to watch a movie, but also listen to music? I have it a lot if I am cooking or cleaning. Or just lazy.  These are 5 musical movies with great music and a great (or okay) story. 

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1: Rock of Ages

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Director:  Adam Shankman
Writers: Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo and more
Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise and more 
Release date: 13 June 2012
Runtime: 2 hours and 3 minutes

IMDB Score: 5.9 / 10
My Score: 8 / 10

The Story:

It is 1987 and Sherrie Christian just arrived in Hollywood. Her mission is to become a rock star. She meets Drew Boley, who works in the Bourbon Club. The Bourbon Club is the center of the rock scene. After a push from Drew to his boss, Dennis Dupree, Sherrie gets a job. Drew and Sherrie get to know each other. Meanwhile, Dennis and Lonny are having problems with the Bourbon Club and are able to get Stacee Jaxx, the stoned frontman from the band Arsenal, to do a free benefit for the club.  A lot goes right and a lot goes wrong. 

My opinion:

I love this movie. The music is great and some scenes are spectacular. You probably know some of them: I wanna Rock, Juke Box Hero, I want to know what love is and more. This is the movie which made me love rock music. 

The story, on the other hand, is not so spectacular. It is typical ‘girl goes to Hollywood to become famous and finds love’ movie. However the not-so-surprising plot, the story is still nice if you do not think too much. 

I also saw the musical in London and that was fascinating. But musical or not, this is a movie everyone can watch and enjoy.  There are quite some sexual themes and jokes in hear, which are hilarious. 

Sherrie ‘I am a stripper at the Venus Club’
Drew: ‘I am in a boy band’
Sherrie: ‘You win’

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2: Hairspray

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Director: Adam Shankman
Writers: Leslie Dixon, John Waters and more
Stars: John Travolta, Queen Latifa, Nikki Blonsky and more
Release date: 20 July 2007
Runtime: 1 hour and 57 minutes

IMDB Score: 6.7 / 10
My Score:
7 / 10

The story:

Tracy Turner, a bigger teenager with the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. They never miss an episode, even though Tracy’s mom Edna does not like it. One of the stars leaves the show and there are auditions to fill the spot. With help of her friend Seaweed and a struggle about her weight, Tracy gets the spot. She thinks it is not fair that black kids can only dance on the show on the monthly ‘negro day’. Tracy, Link, Penny, and some other friend are going to fight this. This is all done with the perfect hairdo and it will stay perfect. 

My opinion:

This was one of the movies I watch after watching Grease. I really like the mood and songs. As the story is in 1962, the fashion and everything is hilarious to see.

This is one of my feel-good movies I can watch more than once.  The story is good, music is fun and the casting is very good. (Young Zac Efron is HOT!, and he still is…) 

Wilbur: ‘This is America, Babe, you gotta think big to be big’
Tracy: ‘Big ain’t the problem in this family, Wilbur’

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3: Sound of Music

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Director: Robert Wise
Writers: George Hurdalek, Howard Lindsay and more
Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker and more
Release date: 29 March 1965
Runtime: 2 hours and  52 minutes

IMDB Score: 8.0 / 10
My Score: 8.0 / 10

The Story:

Maria is failing in her attempts to become a nun. Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes the convent for a governess that could handle his seven mischievous children. Maria gets this job and goes to the family. Georg Von Trapp is often away and his wife has passed away. 
The children have been able to send every other governess away and they try the same with Maria. Maria and Georg fall in love, but Georg is engaged to a Baroness. 

My opinion:

This is actually a movie I do not watch that often. It is on TV with Christmas every year, so then it is Sound of Music time. 
The songs are very catchy and I think everyone knows ‘ Do Re Mi’ or at least part of it. 
This is a movie I can not watch too much, but definitely enjoy when I am watching it. 

Maria: ‘Kurt, how are you?’
Kurt: ‘Hungry’

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4: Footloose

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Director: Craig Brewer
Writers: Dean Pitchford, Craig Brewer
Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and more
Release date: 14 October 2011
Runtime: 1 hour and 53 minutes

IMDB Score: 5.9 / 10
My Score: 7 / 10

The story:

Ren McCormack loses his parents and has to move to his uncle. He lives in a small town where rock-n-roll and dancing are strictly forbidden. This is because some teenagers got in a deadly accident after a night of dancing. 
Ren falls in love with the reverend’s daughter, Ariel Moore. This gives him all the more reason to make dancing a legal activity once again.  Ren’s friend Willard also needs his help in the love and dance department. 

My opinion:

I really like this movie. But maybe also because I like country music and sometimes have a bit weird sense for humor. 
The songs may not be that original, but they are fun. The story, on the other hand, is something I have not seen before. Well okay, in the 1984 Footloose. Don’t take it out on me, but I like the 2011 version better. 

Ren: ‘It’s country line dancing; It’s a white man’s wet dream!’

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5: The greatest showman

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Director: Micheal Gracey
Writers: Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon 
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and more
Release date: 26 December 2017
Runtime: 1 hour and 45 min

IMDB Score: 7.7 / 10
My Score:  6 / 10

The story:

P.T. Barnum, a tailers son, has been poor his whole life. He fell in love with a girl that would never marry someone like him, according to her family. He works hard to earn money and they meet again when they are adults. Charity is happy with her two kids and humble lives, but Barnum wants more.
He also loses his job and deceives the back in a loan. He starts a museum in Manhattan, which ends up turning into a freak show. 
After meeting Phillip Carlyle which gives him another view on things. He loses sight in what he stands for when he goes after Jenny Lind. 

My opinion:

Before you say anything: this is a movie that should be on the list, no matter how annoying the numbers can be sometimes.

The story is impressive and the cast is exquisite. They really nailed the casting. The voices are really strong and without some of the stars, the movie would not be such a success. 
The songs are another story. They are good and well written, but if you hear them too much, they are going to suck. ‘A million dreams’ in every hour on the radio in Holland, so I can not hear it anymore. 
I really do like ‘This is me’. It is so powerful and I really stand behind the point they make. 

Everyone is how he/she is and should love it. I wished I learned that lesson sooner in my life. 

P.T. Barnum: ‘Trust me, they don’t know it yet, but they’re going to love you.’

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These are some musical number I really like that are not from Disney. That list would be a bit longer. Here you can already find 5 of my favorite Disney movies

If you like these movies, then you will also like Grease, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Mamma Mia: Here we go Again!.

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