Dinelka Balasuriya’s review published on Letterboxd:
"I CAN'T MAKE LOVE TO A BUSH!"
- Lina Lamont
An indisputable classic for Gene Kelly’s untouchable physical charisma as an actor that transcends into the film’s now iconic and brilliant musical sequences, Singin’ In the Rain is the pinnacle of a genre that is divided amongst audiences. Musical films can often be a strenuous viewing, regardless of the acclaim or quality of a film but Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly’s Singin’ In the Rain is the pinnacle of the musical genre. A masterpiece, and one of the most consistently entertaining, hilarious, inventive and visually mesmerizing films, Singin’ In the Rain is fast paced, exciting and utterly memorable from start to finish.
Dan Lockwood and Lina Lamont are movie stars of the silent era, a popular Hollywood “couple” amongst audiences. Singin’ In the Rain tells the story of how Lockwood, Lamont and their production company make the advance into “talkie” films with the introduction of sound pictures.
The breathtaking colour cinematography, groundbreaking at the time of its release, is visually spellbinding. Each moment of the film is shot and framed to utter perfection and each frame is visually breathtaking to look at. When combined with the film’s clever, innovative and highly engaging musical sequences, that can attract even the attention of “musical dis-likers”, Singin’ In the Rain stands as one of the greatest films of all time.
Though the film is highly engaging, often ridiculous and always entertaining, the film manages to explores, though comically, the transition that many Hollywood production studios faced in the late 1920s with the introduction of the sound era. Released a couple of years after Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd, which explored the psychological effects on the film’s faded star, Norma Desmond, Singin’ In the Rain explores this harsh and painful transition through a series of clever comedic gags, such as the studio attempting to capture sound of Lina Lamont confessing her to love to Dan Lockwood in one of their many pictures. Singin’ In the Rain effectively portrays the difficult transition through ingenious comedy.
The level of enjoyment that Singin’ In the Rain offers cannot be displayed. Each musical sequence, right down to the film’s iconic “Singin’ In the Rain” song, has now being inserted into the archives of cinema as one of the finest and most exemplary filmmaking. Clever, memorable and hilarious, Singin’ In the Rain is certainly one of the finest films ever made.