It’s not easy to pull off a musical. If we look at recent history, the majority of films have failed at the box office, with the exception of a few musicals. However, this does not imply that they were all in the wrong. One such film is La La Land. Another is the Moulin Rouge. Because of its electrifying editing and direction, the music in Moulin Rouge is too new to belong to the era it depicts, but the film is so witty that even the most uninterested viewers will find themselves sucked in. The film’s tragic ending is as haunting an ending as there can be, mostly because Nicole Kidman simply takes your breath away.
If you’re a fan of Moulin Rouge like I am, I’m sure you’re looking for films that aren’t too far removed from it. Despite the fact that finding a film as good as Moulin Rouge is next to impossible, we’ve done our best to compile a list of films that are similar. Take a look at what I found. If you’re interested, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu may have movies like Moulin Rouge available for streaming.
10. Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog (2008)
Since its initial release in 2008 as a web series during the Writers Guild of America strike, the superhero musical by Joss Whedon has gained a large following of fans. Neel Patrick Harris plays Dr. Horrible (Bill), a super-villain want tobe with a grudge against Nathan Fillion’s character, Captain Hammer (Captain Hammer), in this low-budget film. It’s full of great writing and comedy, thanks to Joss Whedon and his brothers Zack & Jed, as well as Maurissa Tancheroen.
Captain Hammer is played by Nathan Fillion, who is hilarious as the macho, dimwitted Captain Hammer. As in his previous work on television and in the upcoming Avengers films, Joss Whedon blends comedy and tragedy to give the superhero genre a unique spin that isn’t seen in big budget productions like The Avengers.
9. Jersey Boys (2014)
An average musical biopic could have been made of the events surrounding Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, since the story is based on the Broadway show of the same name. Clint Eastwood’s film, on the other hand, chose to embrace the theatrical nature of the stage version, with actors speaking directly to the audience, telling their four different versions of what happened.
Despite its serious subject matter, the film is full of levity and broadway-style humour. Vincent Piazza portrays Tommy DeVito, a founding member of the band who serves as manager, benefactor, and general go-between for the group. With his wise-talking tough-guy demeanor, he often makes people laugh. He evokes all the Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci mafioso stereotypes from the 1990s Scorsese films. The character played by Joe Pesci in GoodFellas, Tommy DeVito, was named after the band’s guitarist, Tommy DeVito. When Joe Pesci (played by Joey Russo in this film) is told that he’s funny, and asked “Funny how?,” it’s one of the best moments in the movie.
Frankie Valli is portrayed by John Lloyd Young. Among other honors, Young won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing the role when it premiered on Broadway in 2006. Eastwood opted to have Young reprise the role rather than a younger or more well-known actor. It’s hard to tell how many times Young has played Valli on stage, but he’s flawless in every scene. The 38-year-old actor seamlessly transitions from portraying Frankie Castelluccio as a nave 17-year-old to his later years as a confident but broken Valli.
Christopher Walken, Mike Doyle, and Renee Marino (repeating her Broadway role as Mary Delgado, Frankie’s Wife) round out the stellar cast, and Eastwood’s deliberate, efficient, and laser-focused direction can be found throughout the movie. Eastwood’s respect for the stage version is a refreshing addition to the genre of musical biopics and stage musical adaptations, as opposed to making it more conventional Hollywood fare.
8. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)
When South Park premiered on Comedy Central in 1997, it set off a firestorm of controversy. The show received a lot of flak for its depiction of 8-year-olds using vulgar language and other offensive content, which made The Simpsons appear childish in comparison.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s film about four Colorado boys trying to stop a war between Canada and the United States was released two years after the show’s debut because of the backlash against the Canadian fart-joke show Terrance and Phillip. Stone and Parker have been accused of making “nothing but fart jokes with crappy animation” on a regular basis, and the Terrance and Phillip characters are likened to those guys. As a result, the narrative of the film is both hilarious and insightful in its examination of censorship.
To top it all off, Parker and Stone opted to turn the movie into a musical, featuring songs co-written by Oscar-winner Mark Shaiman. The film also excels as a terrific musical, which is a rare find in a film of this nature. Though Robin Williams sang the song at the Oscars, “Blame Canada” was nominated for an Oscar for best original song because of its lack of cursing.
Throughout the film, there are many wonderful songs performed, including “Up there,” a ballad sung by a sympathetic Satan, which parodies “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” and “La Resistance,” a medley of songs from the film that clearly invokes “One Day More” from Les Miserables.
When “The Book of Mormon” went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical, Stone and Parker showed early on that they have a strong affinity and understanding for musicals, which they’ve returned to on numerous occasions since on South Park. Bigger, Longer and Uncut was a financial and critical success, but it’s rarely mentioned alongside other great musical films. This is likely due to the film’s prominence for other reasons, such as its use of profanity and commentary on censorship.
7. Enchated (2007)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, released in 1937, marked the beginning of the Disney Princess era. Enchanted pays homage to the Disney Animated Films while also parodying them. Even though the film’s aspect ratio changes from the traditional 1:35 of animated films to the modern 2:35, there are countless Easter eggs, references, and cameos to Disney in the film. Amy Adams’ performance is outstanding, especially given the challenge of portraying both a cartoon character and the live-action incarnation of that character when she is transported to modern-day New York via a magic portal.
Adams’ voice, innocence, and charisma are all top-notch. He sings beautifully. As in “Hakuna Matata” or “Be Our Guest,” she sings with a mix of sincerity and enthusiasm in every scene, belting out catchy tunes like “Happy Little Working Song” and “That’s How You Know.” Disney is currently working on a sequel. Let’s hope it can match its predecessor’s quality.
6. Across the Universe (2007)
A remarkable thing happened when director Julie Taymor made this jukebox musical in 2007. When ACROSS THE UNIVERSE began recording, they defied the golden rule of Beatles tribute bands: don’t cover the band.
The film tells the story of Jude, a Scouser who travels to the United States in the 1960s in search of his biological father, using several of the band’s most famous songs, many of which are significantly reinterpreted. There, he meets Max, a free-spirited college dropout, and Lucy, Max’s sister, with whom he falls in love.
The movie tells the perfect story about the Beatles without featuring any of the actual members of the band. They are all absent. Cast members pay tribute to counter-culture greats like Jimi Hendrix (Jojo) and Janis Joplin (Janis) (Sadie). Across the Universe explores themes of love and betrayal, pain and forgiveness, peace and war through brilliant narrative use of the Beatles song lyrics. It also uses music to create stunning political allegories. “Strawberry Fields Forever” is inspired by the carnage and bloodied shores of Vietnam.
An Uncle Sam poster sings “I Want You” as the singers trudge relentlessly through the jungle, carrying the Statue of Liberty on their shoulders. (She’s So Heavy) takes on harsh meaning. Carol Woods’ gospel choir performs “Let it Be” at a funeral. The song “Dear Prudence” is about a lesbian cheerleader named Prudence who hides in a closet because she is distraught. Her friends beckon her to come out, telling her that the sky is beautiful and that she is as well, so she should come out.
When creating a musical, the first goal is to keep people from asking, “Why are they singing their dialogue?” This is the most difficult part. The songs by Across the Universe sound as if they were written specifically for this story. With each new number, they seamlessly advance the plot. This film never feels cheap or exploitative to me as a musician and son of Liverpool immigrants, even when the arrangements deviate significantly from the original material.
The film’s song sequence follows the band’s own progression. Songs like “Hold Me Tight” and “All My Loving,” as well as the more mature and complex “Happiness is a Warm Gun” and “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” can be heard early on in the film. The cameo appearances of stars like Joe Cocker, Selma Hayek, Eddie Izzard, and Bono elevate the show.
5. Chicago (2002)
A musical’s most important requirement is that it be amusing. While intellectual rigor and thematic relevance add to the overall experience, blatant wit and over-the-top theatrics can also be very effective in a musical. Chicago as performed by Rob Marshall is arguably the most consistently enjoyable movie musical ever. With its old-world charm and comedy, it’s a wild ride that will have you giggling the entire time.
4. Cabaret (1972)
Most people know Bob Fosse’s ‘Cabaret’ today as the film that prevented Francis Ford Coppola from winning the Best Director Oscar for ‘The Godfather.’ “Cabaret,” which stars Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey (most famous for blocking Al Pacino’s Oscar for “The Godfather” supporting actor), is intelligent and exhilaratingly funny. Even though he didn’t win the Oscar, Bob Fosse has earned his place in film history.
3. La La Land (2016)
‘La La Land’ has such brilliant synchronization in its craft that it appears to effortlessly balance the intimate with the grand. Incomparably inspired costume design and no seams or out-of-proportion coloring of sets in conspicuous brightness that isn’t jarring for even a second complete the picture. This is the film where not all joy will last a lifetime, but it is also the one where no matter what happens in your life and wherever you end up, something wonderful is always possible, whether it rests forever in your memory or is waiting for you just around the corner.
2. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Jacques Demy imbues his romantic opera with a mellow, excessive sophistication that comes across as a smidgen hipster-ish. In other words, this shade of blue isn’t just on the walls and clothing—everywhere. it’s A young girl who seems to be hopelessly in love also has it on her cheeks as she crosses the street to meet her lover, and we see it gone on the face of the young woman who is now someone else’s bride behind a veil.
People’s speech, or more specifically, the songs they sing to one another, is full of color. However, unlike most songs, their lyrical exchanges do not rhyme. You won’t find much rhyme or reason when everything from love declarations to financial worries is laced with indistinguishable passion. In spite of the film’s heartrendingly romantic tone and Michel Legrand’s haunting music, all of our characters’ choices in life are decidedly not romantic.
1. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
The movie musical Singin’ In The Rain epitomizes Hollywood’s Golden Age. When discussing lustrous moments in cinema, the image of Gene Kelly dancing under a streetlamp cannot be forgotten. As well as its own skill, the film lauds cinema’s evolution from an aesthetic medium to one that is resonant and stimulating. Kelly’s directorial effort was initially amusingly dismissed by critics and audiences alike as a monumental achievement in Technicolor cinema. There is an increasing gap between the time periods covered by the film (in real life and on screen) and the present, so I believe this classic has a growing relevance. This film swarms you with its nostalgia for a time period we’re rapidly forgetting. Pinterest