And it’s a goodbye to Mobi’s Movie Reviews
Through the years I have written 86 movie reviews on IMDb, which can all be read in full by clicking on the link on the right-hand sidebar of this blog.
I have quite enjoyed writing these reviews – if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have bothered – but I have come to the conclusion that very few people ever read them and even fewer commented on them. So it is with regret that earlier this year I concluded that whatever writing talents I possess would be put to better use writing something that perhaps will be more widely read…
Hence the absence of any recent movie reviews, (or book reviews for that matter).
One of the last movies I reviewed was “La La Land“. I gave La La a pretty scathing review, (1 star out of 10), and described the movie, the acting, the writing and the music as “insipid”.
Strangely, this was one of the very few reviews that elicited any comments in my blog, and one particular gentleman took me well and truly to task, not only for my highly critical comments, but asserted that I had no right to write reviews at all because he stated I had led a “sheltered life” and was in no position to have a valid opinion…
I am mentioning this particular review for two reasons. The first is because although I do stand by my review, I now admit that I just might have got some of the music a little bit wrong, although when I say music, I am actually referring to one song, namely, “City of Lights”.
I still stand by my opinion that the rendering of the song “City of Lights” in the movie by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone comes across as rather insipid, mainly due to their utterly unprofessional singing abilities.
However, since the movie was released there have been a few cover versions recorded of “City of Lights”, such as John Legend, and in particular, a recent one by Sheridan Smith. Sheridan’s version actually allows us, the listeners, to appreciate the pure musicality and beauty of this song, which in truth is a bit of a corker and will undoubtedly, in time, become a ‘standard’. It is indeed a very good song.
So my apologies to composer Justin Hurwitz – not all his music is insipid.
The second reason I wished to refer to this particulate review, is because in my review, I compared this terrible film to the likes of “Singing in the Rain”, “West Side Story” and the magical Fred Astaire’s “Top Hat” and wrote words to the effect that “La La Land” wasn’t even in the same ballpark.
I should have added another film musical to those superlative three, but I didn’t because I have only just seen it. The movie I am referring to was made way back in 1964. It is in the French language with subtitles and was digitally remastered in the early noughties, but please don’t be discouraged.
If you like to watch good film musicals, then I entreat you to beg, borrow or steal a copy of “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” – quite possibly one of the finest musicals ever committed to the silver screen. It is certainly up there with the likes of the three masterpieces mentioned above.
I am not going to review it or tell you the plot, as you can find it on IMDb just as easily as I can. All I will do is give you a few headlines from the dozens and dozens of rave reviews – all written this century:
“It makes my heart ache just to think about it…”
“Pure romance with a beautiful score”
“Just simply the most beautiful romantic film ever made”
“Beautifully sad; a must-see!”
“Magical with 3 great scenes”
“Truly a masterpiece”
It’s a pity that Damien Chazelle, the writer, and director of La La Land, didn’t see Umbrellas of Cherbourg before he penned La La. Or maybe he did, as there are some very vague similarities in the plots – they are both love stories – but that’s about it…
If you are a lover of great movies, and you also love musicals and you are partial to a story that will bring a tear or two to your eyes, then go and hunt down “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” for a real Christmas treat.