Friday, February 19, 2010

review: Top Hat

I do so love Astaire and Rogers. And Irving Berlin. With Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, and Helen Broderick. You can not go wrong with a combination like this.
The story is simple enough: the Astaire/Rogers couple meet and after a little hesitation, fall in love. Through a problem of mistaken-identity, everything gets all mixed up. Of course, it will turn out okay in the end. With songs by Irving Berlin.
This is probably one of the best mistaken identities comedies I have ever seen. It's just wonderfully delightful. The comedy is so wonderful - and almost constant. And with the plot twists there are so many oppurtunities for delightful, poking fun. And dancing. The music isn't exactly plot-integrated, but it's delightful anyways. Plus, one of my favorite songs of all times is in this movie, "Cheek to Cheek" and of course, the best "get ready" song "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails"
Again, the design on this movie is wonderful. Espcially as an escapist vehichle for audiences of the Depression. No one is worrying about money, it takes place in elegant, European locations with lots of glitx and glamor. Although, one thing I wish they would have changes is Roger's dress in the "Cheek to Cheek" number. Apparently it was a bit of a pain to dance with, especially the top half. All those feathers really make her look like a dainty wholly mammoth. Love Ginger as much as I do - she is not a designer of dresses in dance. The bottom half is perfect, and it moved beautifully - despite the feathers flying every which way. Look it up, there is a very cute story that goes along with that dress.
Again, a perfect example of the glamour of Hollywood and musicals.
4 and 1/2 out of 5 stars

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