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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Movie Musical Challenge: Wrap-Up

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In January, I started this challenge to watch all 25 of AFI's Greatest Musicals, and I'm so happy to say that I finished!  Just barely though - I watched the number one musical on December 20th.  As part of the challenge though, I wanted to take another look at AFI's list and put them in my own order of what I think was the best, now that I've seen them all.  

The AFI Top 25 List Bookish Whimsy's Top 25
1. Singin' in the Rain (1952) 1. The Sound of Music (1965)
2. West Side Story (1961) 2. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939) 3. Mary Poppins (1964)
4. The Sound of Music (1965) 4. Chicago (2002)
5. Cabaret (1972) 5. An American in Paris (1951)
6. Mary Poppins (1964) 6. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
7. A Star Is Born (1954) 7. Show Boat (1936)
8. My Fair Lady (1964) 8. Top Hat (1935)
9. An American in Paris (1951) 9. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
10. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) 10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
11. The King and I (1956) 11. On the Town (1949)
12. Chicago (2002) 12. Funny Girl (1968)
13. 42nd Street (1933) 13. A Star Is Born (1954)
14. All That Jazz (1979) 14. My Fair Lady (1964)
15. Top Hat (1935) 15. West Side Story (1961)
16. Funny Girl (1968) 16. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
17. The Band Wagon (1953) 17. The King and I (1956)
18. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) 18. Grease (1978)
19. On the Town (1949) 19. Guys and Dolls (1955)
20. Grease (1978) 20. The Band Wagon (1953)
21. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) 21. 42nd Street (1933)
22. Beauty and the Beast (1991) 22. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
23. Guys and Dolls (1955) 23. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
24. Show Boat (1936) 24. Cabaret (1972)
25. Moulin Rouge! (2001) 25. All That Jazz (1979)

The first five and the last five were the easiest to order for me - but my choices are really going off on personal preferences.  Although I really think The Sound of Music is just the best musical - it has so much going for it!

I feel like I have a better appreciation for movie musicals after this project too.  Before this, I mostly just stuck with the films that I felt like I would love, so this challenge has made me branch out with the benefit that I appreciate more some musicals that I didn't think was that great before, like "West Side Story" and "Grease".  However I've also found out "Cabaret" is still disappointing, and I don't even want to remember "All That Jazz".  I'm most grateful though that this challenge has given me one new musical song that is just an absolute favorite of mine now - "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man" from Show Boat.  I still have it on my favorites playlist!

Next year I plan to do another version of this challenge - with films that I'm picking mostly because I haven't seen them yet, or because they deserve recognition.  I'll be posting about it sometime next month, so watch out for that!

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