Releasedin 1951, Singin in the Rain was one of the last films largely popular films tobe produced during the Golden Age of Hollywood. This iconic movie took on theuse of quintessential musical characteristics of that time, melodious music,with big names, and catchy dances. However, what really set Singin in the Rainapart from other musicals was its deeper level of parody that highlighted thedifficult transition from silent movies to “talkies” in addition to the moviesclever themes.
Lastly, Singin’ in the Rain’s accurately depicts the burdensome,uphill battle that was the beginnings of modern film making. All of thesefactors are just some of the reasons that Singin’ in the Rain was, and still issignificant and popular today. Singin’ in the Rain starts with the1927 premiere of The Royal Rascal starring Don Lockwood and his longtimeproduction partner, Lina Lamont, who together are two of the biggest names inHollywood at the time. The crowd begs for Don and Lina’s story. Reluctantly, Dontells the crowd all about illustrious start while flashbacks reveal that heactually came up singing and dancing with his best friend, Cosmo Brown. On theway to the film’s after-party Don and Cosmo get stuck and bombarded by fans whoproceed to shred his clothes as “souvenirs”. Don escapes by jumping into KathySelden’s car who is not excited about it to say the least.
They end up fallingdeeply in love with one another which causes problems on the current set for TheDueling Cavalier, a talkie with Lina despite her hideous voice. Horribleperceptions of the current version of The Dueling Cavalier result in a majorchange, turning it into a musical called The Dancing Cavalier with Kathy’svoice being played over Lina’s. Lina finds out that Kathy’s going to geton-screen credit as her voice causing her to sue. In the end Lina gets exposedand Kathy gets the credit she deserves. Innovation is most commonly definedsimply as a new idea or method to do something. However, innovation in itselfis truly just a better solution to adapt and meet the needs of the task orproblem at hand.
Singin’ in the Rain’s film making process did not reallyrepresent any form of innovation, it was simply just a well-executedproduction. Where the innovation in this movie lied was in its writing andparody. No other film had ever been able to show the process of making a successfulmovie let alone a talkie, all while crafting one of the most engaging and entertainingmusicals of all time. Singin’ in the Rain set the standard for everything elseto follow. Personally, I loved this movie. Ihave actually picked out several others from the same era to watch in my freetime including, The Grapes of Wrath and The Bridge on the River Kwai. When themovie first started I wasn’t really into it.
It was not until Don began the hiton Lina in her car that I realized I was really starting to get into andappreciate the film. I really did find this movie funny and entertaining andcan’t wait to watch more like it. It really did spark a newfound interest inold movies I previously have not had. In sum, Singin’ in the Rain provedto not only be as entertaining as Rotten Tomatoes said it would be, but a filmicon that everyone should take the time to watch and truly appreciate. Themusic selection, acting, dancing, and story line itself were all something tomarvel at and I am extremely glad I chose to watch this film.