After the decay of the musical genre, music itself didn’t cease to be of upmost importance in films. The relationship between music and story, to which the musical contributed significantly, is yet to be forgotten, and some movies even go as far as inviting their characters to sing and dance, making a nod at the struggling genre.
Today we bring you five great musical moments which aren’t part of the musical genre, but nonetheless are indisputably entertaining.
5- Back to the future (1985, Zemeckis)
In this classic sci-fi comedy, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) gets the chance to play some music during his parents’ prom before having to rush out of the building and return to his time. As a result, one of the most iconic scenes takes place: Marty plays Johnny B. Goode and gets a little too inspired with the guitar, gaining the flabbergasted looks of the entire crew. He smiles shyly and states: “I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet… But your kids are gonna love it!”.
4- 500 days of Summer (2009, Webb)
Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has finally scored with the girl of his dreams, Summer (Zooey Deschanel). As he walks out of his building he is greeted by joyful pedestrians while You make my dreams plays in the background. What the audience isn’t expecting is a full choreography to take place, but soon every passerby joins the character as he dances his way towards his workplace, feeling on cloud nine. A marching band and even an animated bird make an appearance, and boy does this crazy moment make us want to see Gordon-Levitt in a real musical!
3- Love Actually (2003, Curtis)
This beloved film has many musical moments and is just one step away of being an actual musical. From Bill Nighy singing a naughty version of Christmas is all around, to Hugh Grant dancing his way down some stairs as Jump (for my love) sounds in the background, this compendium of stories is full of hilarious musical moments. But our favorite must be Olivia Olson’s cover of Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is you. It’s impossible not to laugh at Sam’s (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) horrified expression as he mistakenly thinks the love of her life is dedicating her song to the entire audience. A feel-good moment to remember from an equally feel-good film.
2- Young Frankenstein (1975, Brooks)
In this parody of the old Hammer horror classics, Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson (Gene Wilder) successfully repeats his predecessor’s experiments, bringing back to life a monster (Peter Boyle) with a copious libido and, well, even some dancing skills, as evident in the musical number Puttin’ on the Ritz. A hilarious musical version of “presenting the monster to society” from a much beloved classic of comedy.
1- 10 things I hate about you (1999, Junger)
This modernized version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is now a treasured classic of the nineties, especially since the passing of leading bad boy, Heath Ledger, who delivered one of the most timeless romantic musical numbers. To win Kat (Julia Stiles), Patrick is forced to confess his love through the song Can’t take my eyes off of you in the middle of the school yard with the help of the marching band and a few pulled strings. Nevertheless, the school’s security is not quite amused by his display of affection, and they proceed to chase him whilst he skips and clowns around in front of Kat and her buddies.
What’s your favorite musical moment in a non-musical film? Did yours make it to the list?