I’d seen this film once before, whilst visiting my dad in Australia in 2011, and I’d really enjoyed it, so was keen to get to see it again (as I recently bought it on DVD). I happily enjoyed it just as much on second viewing. It’s a brilliant combination of joyful singing and dancing, contrasted with totally heartbreaking tragedy. I love the notion of music being a refuge when things are going wrong. It’s so well done and really lingers with you after the credits roll.
Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:
- I’d forgotten how sweet it is early on
- I’d also forgotten how much film there is before the musical elements kick in
- Tap dancing’s the best
- You know something bad’s going to happen
- So much of this film is really heartbreaking
- You’re a bad man
- Does Jeff actually work?
- You’re a very bad man
- It’s even more brutal than I’d remembered
- That’s one handy handrail
- That was a pretty dumb decision
- It’s so tragic
- It’s so heartbreaking
- What do I recognise the prison guard from? Oh, she was in Dogville! That’s not surprising. Think I actually recognise her from Men In Black though.
- Jeff’s so sweet
- Brenda’s so lovely too
- It’s so awful. If you don’t cry at this you’re probably dead inside.