The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Gill of WeegieMidget Reviews We will be reviewing our favorite Movies Filmed in (or take place in) Scotland
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to email@example.com Try to think out of the box! Great choice Gill!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Scottish Movies…
“You’ll never find peace by hating, lad. It only shuts ye off more from the world. And this town is only a cursed place, if ye make it so. To the rest of us, ’tis a blessed place! ” – Andrew Campbell
Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (cable in the 80’s and 90’s and 6 Nov 2016)
Brief Synopsis – While hunting in Scotland, two American tourists come across a village which due to magic has become a utopian society that awakens for only one day every one hundred years.
My Take on it – As a child of a fan of movie musicals, I was exposed to movies like this by my mother from quite an early age and have fond memories of many of them.
This film is filled with lots of great and memorable songs that are fun to watch especially because of the amazingly choreographed dancing that accompanies the songs.
The themes of the film are quite upbeat and in some ways overly happy, but they still are able to touch upon some really interesting messages about true love, the ways of society and of course the fear and danger of modernization and corruption when exposed to potentially dangerous outside influences.
I actually had to write a paper about this film in high school comparing the utopian society aspects with the classic film Lost Horizon (1937).
Both films are quite different in their outlooks on Utopia, but this one has a much more positive spin on the whole thing.
Gene Kelly is amazing here as the lead and is easily able to convey a very sincere performance here.
Bottom Line – Great songs accompanied by superb dancing scenes. Despite the overly happy atmosphere, they are able to convey a few great messages about love, society and fear of modernization and corruption. Kelly is amazing in the lead. Recommended!!!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The long-horned cow was scary for Gene Kelly. For his scene with the animal, he ordered that it be blindfolded and chained to the floor. Plastic eyes were attached to the blindfold. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close, but not amazing despite being quite entertaining.
Rating – Globe Worthy
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I like this film too, but something is missing in the overall production. I think I would have preferred that most of the outside scenes filmed on location, but not a bad musical.
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