Fans of musical movies, step, shimmy or salsa right this way. It’s no secret that the past two and a half years have had some pretty major lows – but when the world all gets too much, we’ll always have this all-singing, all-dancing narratives for a bit of toe-tapping light relief.
Musical movies are in their heyday right now; there have never been so many to choose from, including hit song-studded biopics about famous musicians – such as 2022’s much awaited Elvis and 2021’s Respect (about Aretha Franklin).
Arguably it all started with the Oscar-winning run of Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody – the musical interpretation of Freddie Mercury’s wild life. Then it wasn’t long until Elton John got in on the action by creating Rocketman, with Taron Egerton starring as the iconic singer (and tbh made us a little bit more obsessed with feathers, rhinestones and OTT sunglasses).
Alternatively, there’s cinematic adaptations of West End and Broadway favourites, like Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and the “never gets old” 2002 adaptation of Broadway hit Chicago, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones in her Oscar winning star turn as Velma Kelly.
We’ve also seen modern remakes of classical musical films like Stephen Spielberg’s visually-stunning take on West Side Story, starring Rachel Zegler, and A Star Is Born (it’s a tough call between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s performance versus the OG Barbra Streisand, tbh – and we would not say that lightly.
Also in this category are animated musical films such as Encanto and, of course, the two Frozen movies – brought to us via the launch of Disney+ in the UK. Not only these, but the other musical Disney movies have provided us with some serious power ballads. So, get that hairbrush ready!