A fantastic musical. There’s so much that’s great here – the songs themselves are fantastic, the performances captivating, the story is clever and engaging…everything just works so well. Everyone was firing on all cylinders, and the film explodes with charm for it.
The biggest surprise of the film to me was the actual story. I expected the songs and dances to be great, as I’d heard that plenty of times, but the story was hilarious and clever too, a delightful meta look at an interesting part of the history of filmmaking. I was surprised to learn the script was a retrofitted work made to connect the pre-written songs together, as it all feels so cohesive.
I give it four talkies, and a mock cake.