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Siskoid

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.
1 year 10 months ago
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Duke of Omnium

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
5 years 8 months ago
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Alias

The best way movies have ever represented heaven is by the dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.
10 years 4 months ago
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Adrian B AWESOME

The blackface, even as a tribute, is really hard to ignore and makes it harder to recommend to most modern audiences.
1 year 11 months ago
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crazy_bitch

It's nice.
5 years 2 months ago
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greenhorg

Ricky took the coldest rejection of all time with some ... implausible grace.

Am I the only one getting a weird Joaquin Phoenix vibe from Pop?
5 years 7 months ago
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Scream1008

A little too goofy for me...
10 years 7 months ago
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MandrewV

@tippaty Maybe the very final scene is a little weak, but at that point I was still in awe at the beauty/genius of the Never Gonna Dance number. That song has to be one of the best scenes I've seen in a film.
9 years 5 months ago
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tippaty

The most adorable and most offensive of the Fred Astaire movies I've seen! Despite some glaring downfalls, this is definitely my favorite; Ginger and Fred's romance is so humorous and the songs are beautiful. Also, most of the humor is timeless and I had a huge grin on my face most of the way through!

WARNING: There's a scene with Fred Astaire in blackface and this movie also has a TERRIBLE ending. Don't let those aspects ruin the experience because overall it is quite wonderful!!
9 years 5 months ago
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daisyaday

Check out "Hotel a la Swing" under "Special Features" on the dvd.
9 years 10 months ago
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Emiam

Masterpiece?
Very good music & dancing, yes!
6/10
6 years 1 month ago
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browniemcfi

timeless and lovely movie, one that reminds me of my childhood when I first got interested in Fred and Ginger
10 years 4 months ago
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iCheckFilms

Well said, Alias. Loved the movie.
9 years 5 months ago
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MilenaFlaherty

Personal note: checked the day I joined icm, not 12/18
2 years 7 months ago
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