zaterdag 10 september 2016

100 Movie Challenge 2016 - # 120: Brigadoon

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Genre: Musical/ Drama/ Romance/ Fantasy
Runtime: 108 minutes
Year: 1954
Starring: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart

Description: Two Americans (Gene Kelly, Van Johnson) on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.

Review: A romance in Scotland. I’m a big Gene Kelly fan and I was looking forward to finally seeing “Brigadoon”. I was a bit disappointed. Tommy and Jeff are two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland. They get lost and stumble upon a little town called Brigadoon. The town isn’t on the map and the people there live like they are still living two hundred years in the past.
The d├ęcor in “Brigadoon” would work perfect on stage, but in this movie it looks too make-believe. The songs stop the story and not one has stuck with me.
Gene Kelly doesn’t disappoint, because he is was a talented singer, dancer, actor and choreographer. He makes “Brigadoon” watchable and lifts it to a higher level.
Overall, “Brigadoon” is a perfect stage musical, but it just doesn’t work as a movie. I wasn’t taken by this film, sadly, because I really wanted to love it.

Rating: 2,5/ 5

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