Musicals, sometimes also referred to as dance movies, are cinematic forms that emphasize and showcase full-scale song and dance routines in a very significant way; usually with a musical performance as part of the film narrative, or as an exaggerated “explosion” within the film. Or, in some cases, they are movies that are centered on combinations of music, dance, song or choreography. In traditional musicals, cast members are the ones who sing; musicals highlight various musical artists or dancing stars, with lyrics that support the story line, often with an alternative, a dreamer’s vision of reality – a search for love, wealth, success, and/or popularity. This genre has been considered the most escapist of all major film genres.
With the coming of talking motion pictures, the musical movie genre emerged from its roots: stage musicals and operettas, cabaret, revues,musical comedy, music halls and vaudeville. They were the last of the major film genres, because they were dependent on sound captured on film; how could a movie be “all-singing, all-dancing” if it had no sound? Musical movies are quite often described as Broadway on film, although many other forms of musicals have been made (such as rock ‘n’ roll movies and disco/dance films). Recently, animated films with musical soundtracks have emerged as one of the major musical forms, and many of them have even won Best Original Song Oscars, I mean who can forget the lovely animation movies such as Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), and Tarzan (1999).
If you are more of a classical type, then the great musical movies from the fairly earlier years are the ones to go to; The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, An American in Paris, Grease, and many, many more. As for the modern-day catchy musicals, there is a lot of movies that amazed us in the most pleasant way possible; Moulin Rouge!,Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Chicago, and La La Land.And of course there is a line of great musicals that are entwining with the horror genre; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Phantom of the Opera, Stage Fright, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Phantom of the Paradise.
Yes, the musical genre is just as diverse as any other genre, the thing that makes it stand out is the big element of music. Find your favorite musical movie right here, at the free-to-watch website fusionmovie.to.