Do you ever have one of those days when you need a cheer up? That feeling of meh when you just do not know what is wrong but just feel out of sorts! Is there a film that you turn to when you feel like this?
I gave myself this exact question and as I considered the question I realised that music is how I display emotion. Sad songs when I need to release emotion and up beat songs when I need motivation. So with that in mind I realised that the film I would go to, to cheer me up, would be a musical.
The next big question would be which musical?
Now this is one of the hardest decisions as I love so many musicals. In fact I love them so much I completed a course on the history of Hollywood Musicals ‘Mad About Musicals’ a few years ago. It was fabulous, especially a whole module on ‘Judy Garland’ and musicals of the 1950’s. I was in musical heaven!
Now I absolutely adore my Judy Garland musicals but could I choose just one for a cheer up musical? No way, that would be just like choosing a favourite child or in my case a favourite pet.
I guess the musical I would chose may depend on the time of the year. In winter I love ‘White Christmas’. I love all four main actors, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. The musical has just the right amount of varying tempo songs, fabulous dances and costumes and a mixture of humour and drama. Okay the drama is the question whether it will sonw or not and that question is probably answered in the title! The final scene however when the four main characters are dressed in Christmas red and the scenery is moved to show the stunning wintery view from the stage is the most Christmassy thing ever and never fails to warm my heart.
Abba always gets me feeling like a dancing queen and the musical films of ‘Mamma Mia’ gives the fabulous feeling of sun and holidays so I enjoy watching both of those in the summer. They are just feel good films that have hit after hit to sing along to. Grease is another feel good film that I love, especially in the summer. I could probably still sing the whole soundtrack after wearing out the double vinyl album when I was at junior school. I do also love Grease 2 but this could be because it stars Lorna Luft and Maxwell Caulfield but still makes me smile.
On reflection I think that the musical film that I would say is my most ‘go to’ musical to help me feel good at any time of the year is the, in my opinion, underrated 1982 musical………. ‘The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas’. Not only does it have the fabulous Dolly Parton, who I adore, but Burt Reynolds, a fabulous soundtrack, amusing comedic, based on true, story. Fantastic costumes and rousing song and dance numbers. One particular mention must go to Dolly’s ‘I will Always Love You’, one of her most famous songs that became so popular after Whitney Houston sang it in 1992 film ‘The Bodyguard’.
So do you agree with my choice and what would be yours? Do you have a definite go to cheer up film or, like me, have to think and may change the decision depending on factors such as the time of the year or what is going on in life.
Have you seen any of the films mentioned ?. If not I would really recommend you do. Please feel free to recommend yours.
Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx
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