Best Movies Adapted From MusicalsPh03b3 How do franchises like Harry Potter and Hunger Games gain worldwide popularity and recognition (for their authors) these days? Through adaptation, of course. The same goes for playrights and their plays. How well were musicals adapted into films?
The Top Ten
Les Miserables wished it had the homely charm that Sunshine on Leith has in spades. The sweeping shots of Scottish landmarks are bigger in scope than the entire length of Les Miserables
For those who don't know, Sunshine on Leith is based on a Dundee Reps (the Scottish equivilant to Broadway or the West End) stage production of the same name. Like Mamma Mia!, Sunshine on Leith is a jukebox musical in which the songs being used were pre-existiing (Mamma Mia! Is of course based around ABBA songs while Sunshine on Leith is based around the songs of The Proclaimers).
There's a fleeting gag about Trainspotting in this musical. Unlike most grimey Scotland set movies, the upbeat Sunshine on Leith has the luxury of getting away with Trainspotting jokes.
Unlike the other adaptations on this list, Sunshine on Leith is subtle.V 6 Comments
All that romantic Greek island paradise...I dream of going to a Greek island one day. I also dream of what it would be like to be Sophie and live on one with your mother. See the beach everyday, ride your own boat; without a doubt, one of the best all-time musicals. - Ph03b3
Absolutely hate this film version with a passion. The score is brilliant but the film is terrible at best. Mr Depp (I think) is more suited to fantasy and light comedy. He ruined a potentially very good film. - Britgirl
Sacha Baron Cohen does fake Italian pretty well. And who would have thought that Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter can belt out a few tunes?
Defining lyrics: How gratifying for one to know that those above will serve those down below.
Worst pies in London? That's debateble these days considering a certain horse meat scandal.
But surely The most annoying nun in Salzburg has nothing on this deranged barber from London. Sacha Baron Cohen is the real scene stealer.
Honestly, who doesn't love Grease? The times when you'd go to a soda fountain with friends, own Eldorados and Mustangs, wear poodle skirts or leather jackets, watch movies at drive-in theatres with your date; Grease lets you imagine yourself at that time and enjoy it, at the same time, keeping you on your dancing shoes. - Ph03b3
The 50s wasn't exactly a brilliant time. Rationing was still at large and people were still grieving about lost loved ones.
Not exactly subtle is it? Grease wished it was as subtle as Sunshine on Leith.
Luke Evans and Dan Stevens can both belt out a song. Judas Priest I didn't expect that! "I'm especially good at expectorating".
Defining lyrics: No-one's gloomy or complaining while the flatware's entertaining.
Definitely my favourite on this list. I love this because the content of the film doesn't differ at all from the stage. An excellent cast, top director and a wonderful, uplifting score. - Britgirl
Blew my mind when I went to see it.V 1 Comment
Amazing film. Did it for my school musical and absolutely loved it
I'd argue that Chicago has a more interesting setting than Grease.
The times when gangsters would hide out in speakeasies, jazz would be played 24/7, mobsters would do drive-bys with 50 round Tommy Guns, people would wear zoot suits or fishnets and suspenders and crime & corruption were all part of the show. Chicago lets you imagine yourself at that time.
Never before has Prohibition-Era Chicago looked so glamorous. To quote Richard Gere, "Though you are stiffer than a girder, they'll let get away with murder"
Chicago should be at least top five. It is so amazing. The movie is so clever. It is literally a filmed stage show but better
Defining lyrics: Razzle dazzle them, and they'll never catch wise.V 2 Comments
Tom Cruise's singing is so good he could take up a rock career if he wanted.
Based more from the West End production of Lionel Bart than Dickens.
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