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I have a curious and delightful constellation of psychological hang-ups that keep me from being able to really get "into" musicals, as a general rule.
My nanny and I were watching the Cats trailer and mocking it relentlessly the other day. Then she said "They should never make musicals into movies, they are always terrible." Which shocked me because she loves Disney movies, especially the new live-action remakes which she thinks are all better than the originals () [I seriously wanted to claw my eyes out during Aladdin, which she absolutely loved]

She pointed out that the Disney ones (i.e. The Lion King, Beauty and the Best) were all movies first, then made into musicals.

Anyway I of course had to start coming up with more counterexamples and decided on
1. The Sound of Music
2. West Side Story
3. Grease

Given that I could only come up with 3, I think her premise may stand.

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Old 12-06-2019, 12:22 PM
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Sweeney Todd is something that I'm glad exists. It's a fun take with really appropriate casting, and it does something really interesting with the visuals, something particularly "cinematic," I would say.

Then again, there's a DVD of Sunday in the Park with George, that's just a nicely edited recording of an original cast stage performance, live in front of an audience. I don't see any need for a Sunday in the Park with George "movie," when we have this we can watch instead. What movie could be better than actually watching the actors Sondheim had in mind when he wrote his show?

Little Shop of Horrors is AMAZING. Guys and Dolls and Fiddler on the Roof are worthwhile. Annie is cute enough. The Music Man may be the most faithful translation from stage-to-screen I can think of that still looks like an acutal movie - but to my earlier point, Robert Preston had performed that role over a thousand times on stage before committing it to film. Absent that, I don't think this movie sparkles nearly as well (just ask Matthew Broderick).
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The Cats trailer may be the scariest movie I've ever seen. My daughter showed it to me, and she was pretty amused at my unhidden horror.
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I enjoyed the movie 'Into the Woods'
Though, I have never seen the production on stage.
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Les Miserables was supposed to be a great movie, but I have never seen it.

Haven't there been some adaptations of that one musical glorifying sexual assault, which people thought were a good movie?
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Sweeney Todd is something that I'm glad exists. It's a fun take with really appropriate casting, and it does something really interesting with the visuals, something particularly "cinematic," I would say.

Then again, there's a DVD of Sunday in the Park with George, that's just a nicely edited recording of an original cast stage performance, live in front of an audience. I don't see any need for a Sunday in the Park with George "movie," when we have this we can watch instead. What movie could be better than actually watching the actors Sondheim had in mind when he wrote his show?

Little Shop of Horrors is AMAZING. Guys and Dolls and Fiddler on the Roof are worthwhile. Annie is cute enough. The Music Man may be the most faithful translation from stage-to-screen I can think of that still looks like an acutal movie - but to my earlier point, Robert Preston had performed that role over a thousand times on stage before committing it to film. Absent that, I don't think this movie sparkles nearly as well (just ask Matthew Broderick).
LSoH is like the Mel Brooks shows that was a movie, than a musical, than a musical movie. A completely different sub-genre

Chicago was heavily nominated, though not my favorite

Dreamgirls was good

Les Mis is controversial, but I loved it

Hairspray was fun

Love Bye Bye Birdie

My Fair Lady, All That Jazz, Cabaret, Rocky Horror, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Oliver, Funny Girl, The King and I are all quality films


Cats does look awful
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Haven't there been some adaptations of that one musical glorifying sexual assault, which people thought were a good movie?
3 Oscar nominations (all technical)
7.3 imdb
33% rotten tomatoes

So, maybe not a good movie afterall.
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That is like a different category.
Musicals made into non-musical movies.
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Also, it can be filed under 'movies that didn't age well'
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