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I'm going to go ahead and say the Astaire and Rogers classic, Swing Time, is overrated. Really, it's only real showstopper is the technically-difficult shadow dance in the Mr. Bojangles, but that's been severely compromised by being an extended blackface sequence that leads into the emotional turning point of the film where you're consistently distracted by thoughts of "when is he gonna wipe it OFF?!". Generally, the songs are better than the dancing in this one. "The Way You Look Tonight" has rightfully become a standard, and there's a lot of fun to be had with "A Fine Romance" and "Never Gonna Dance". However, after a perfectly amusing dance school number with the always well-matched Astaire and Rogers, the movie builds up tension as to whether they can dance in public (because of a jealous boyfriend as band leader) and then gives us... just about the same thing we just saw. As for a romcom plot, the (rom) characters are more fickle than usual, and a little of the (com) character played by Victor Moore goes a long way, but it's fine. I just can't get more exciting than that.
Sure, the plot is silly, but you can say the same thing about most operas and a few Shakespeare plays. Astaire and Rogers have great chemistry onscreen, and this has just possibly the best dancing that Hollywood ever put on celluloid
The best way movies have ever represented heaven is by the dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.
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This movie ranks #27 in Leonard Maltin's 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century
This movie ranks #30 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
This movie ranks #38 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #90 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
This movie ranks #90 in BFI's 100 Film Musicals
This movie ranks #101 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #115 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #180 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #389 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #403 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #854 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #1174 in The Criterion Collection