Top 5 Movie Musicals of the 21st Century
There's something magical about musicals. The big choreographed numbers, the singing, the costumes -- they all come together for an unforgettable experience that'll leave you humming for weeks. These days, you don't have to make the long journey to Broadway to see your favorite show because a lot of the classics and some new favorites have been introduced to the silver screen. Here are five of the top movie-musicals of the 21st century.
Les Miserables (2012)
One of the most popular and most recent additions to the big screen is Les Miserables. Based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables focuses on ex-convict Jean Valjean, who decides to turn his life around and eventually becomes mayor of a town in France.
The musical adaptation ran on Broadway from 1987 until 2003, making it the fifth longest-running Broadway show in history. The film version debuted in 2012 with an all-star cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and Helena Bonham-Carter. The movie made $18.1 million on its opening day and broke the record for the highest opening day gross for a musical film.
The rich story lines and dramatic musical numbers make this movie a must-see for musical lovers.
Across the Universe (2007)
If you're a Beatles fan (and honestly, who isn't?), Across the Universe is like a dream come true. The entire movie is based around the music of the Beatles and uses 34 of their most well-known and powerful songs. The plot has received some mixed reviews, but what the movie lacks in story it makes up for in brilliantly performed musical numbers and stunning visuals.
Despite its mixed-reviews, Across the Universe was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. If you're into beautiful people singing beautiful renditions of your favorite songs, this is the movie for you.
Truly one of the best-known stories on stage and screen is Chicago. One thing that sets Chicago apart from some of the other movie-musicals is that you can still get tickets to see Chicago the musical. It's the third longest-running musical in Broadway history and has won six Tony awards, six Drama Desk awards, and a Grammy.
The Academy Award winning movie version features Hollywood heavy-hitters like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, and Richard Gere. Together they bring alive the Chicago Jazz era in this satire about corruption in the criminal justice system and celebrity criminals with catchy songs, amazing choreography, and risqué costumes.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Moulin Rouge! is a beautifully made pastiche-jukebox musical full of romance, drama, and intrigue. The movie is set in 1899 and follows a young writer who moves to Paris to join the Bohemian revolution, falling in love with the star courtesan from the Moulin Rouge.
Being a jukebox musical, the film uses popular songs and features music from The Sound of Music, Elton John, and Nirvana, as part of a score that has something for everyone. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, this fast-paced number has everything you could want and more.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
This light-hearted movie is one of those feel-good affairs that puts a little pep in your step long after it ends. Based on the music of Swedish pop group sensation, ABBA, Mamma Mia! first took the stage in London in 1999 and is the 10th longest-running Broadway show in history.
The film version of Mamma Mia! has award-winning actors Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan, who admittedly may not be the best singers, but their joy is infectious. The movie takes place on a colorful Greek island where a girl gets ready to marry. She invites three men who may be her father and hilarity ensues.
It's nearly impossible to sit through all 108 minutes of this bright and bubbly movie without singing along or dancing in the aisles.
If you're tired of the same old routine movies, try one of these exciting movie-musicals on for size. Whether you're looking for romance, drama, action, or comedy, these movies have something for everyone.
What's your favorite movie-musical of the 21st century?