You like musical theatre or you don’t. You like screen musicals or you don’t. You like Andrew Llyod-Webber or you don’t. But the uncanny valley of these weirdly sexed-up felines with CGI fur and human faces… that’s one kink too many.
Eliot’s Book of Practical Cats was ersatz English whismy, and as the source for a two hour musical, the material’s decidedly flimsy. Okay, I won’t do the whole review in verse.
Vincent Minelli’s technicolour musical inspired by the single piece of Gershwin music opened out into a full score.
Dance legend Gene Kelly plays his patented Irish-American lunk and Pal Joey character, grumpy painter Jerry Mulligan. Discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who becomes Jerry’s patroness in more ways than one, drifter Jerry romances French waif Lise Bouvier (18-year old Leslie Caron) the fiancé of friend Henri (Georges Guetary), a popular nightclub performer.
Kelly’s succession of blue-collar Joes was always at odds with Kelly the dance artist pushing the boundaries in popular musicals. Quite unlike the earlier era of Fred Astaire, Kelly mixed energetic tap routines, progressive modern dance and fantasy sequences of pure ballet with the stock elements of fifties musicals. Continue Reading