Movie Musical Challenge: The Band Wagon

the band wagonI’ve joined Charlene in her Movie Musical Challenge.  We’re watching all of The American Film Institute’s top 25 movie musicals (my sign up post).

The Band Wagon is one of the few movies on the AFI’s Best Movie Musicals that I hadn’t seen before. I was a little nervous going into this one because so far, many of the musicals I hadn’t seen before, I haven’t liked. But not so with The Band Wagon. I thought this was a really fun musical.

The Band Wagon is all about creating a new musical for Broadway. The new musical will star Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire) who is an aging film star, and Gabriella (Cyd Charisse) who is known for her work in ballet. Things don’t go quite as planned, though, when they get the wrong director for the project. There is a lot of humor in this movie, which is right up my alley.

It was pretty fun at the beginning because Tony and Gabriella don’t get off on the right foot with each other. Both Tony and Gabriella have insecurities, and it’s entertaining to see them deal with them poorly at the beginning of the movie. But then they do work things out, which leads me to my absolutely favorite part of the movie, when Tony and Cyd dance in the park. It’s such a beautiful scene, and I couldn’t look away. They aren’t singing, just dancing.

I loved Fred Astaire in this movie, and seriously, Cyd Charisse is a captivating dancer. I loved her in Singing in the Rain, and I loved her in this.

There was also this really entertaining scene where Tony, and two other actors, sing this song pretending to be triplets. Seriously, it cracked me up so much. I mean, the lyrics are a bit unsettling, but also amusing.

Surprisingly I didn’t really care much for the ballet at the beginning with Cyd Charisse. The music wasn’t really all that nice, in my opinion, and the costumes were weird and distracting. Also, I didn’t care for the choreography during the ballet routine, either. It was like they were trying too hard.

I didn’t find the songs particularly memorable, though. They never get stuck in my head. The Band Wagon is listed as number 17 on the list, and I think that is a good place for it.

8 Responses to “Movie Musical Challenge: The Band Wagon”

  1. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    This sounds interesting! Since I love ballet, I’ll have to check this out and see what I think of the choreography.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I think you’d love the dance in the park. It’s just gorgeous. The actual ballet was weird, though. And the costumes! Let me know what you think is you watch it.

  2. Samantha

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I love Fred Astaire. I’ve slowly been making my way through all his movies. This is one I haven’t gotten around to watching yet.

  3. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Totally agree that the Dancing in the Dark scene is the best! I thought this was a good movie, but I didn’t love it – I feel like you are right that #17 is a good spot for it. I do love Cyd so much – her talent is ridiculous! 🙂

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Oh yeah, The Band Wagon is definitely not a favorite. I think The Music Man, which, as I have lamented many times, isn’t on the list. But I did like it. I think I was also influenced by the musicals I watched before this that I didn’t care for.

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