Saturday, June 23, 2012

#70 AFI's Top 100 Movie List: #100 Yankee Doodle Dandy

Seeing as it's #100 on the AFI's Top 100 Movie List and it's an old time musical (which I usually don't particularly like), I was not expecting this movie to be that good. Once again, AFI didn't let me down.

I loved it.

It's not a musical like I was expecting. There is no transition from plot line to song. Instead it's a biographical movie about George M. Cohan, a man who wrote and stared in so many musicals that he became known as "The Man Who Owned Broadway."  The music and dance numbers are all his music and dance numbers, done as close to the original play versions as possible, and all are set on stage or in rehearsal spaces.  It's like getting a little bit of live theater, but in a movie.

The story was fantastic. It was fun to see the hot headed and talented young boy start to realize that talent isn't everything and a bad attitude will mean black listing, and then begin to turn his life around.  He's a good guy at heart, even though at first you want to wallop him for being a self-centered little idiot. By the end of the movie I was a big fan of both him and the movie.

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