You may have noticed it: the inexplicable change in rhythm to your daily life. Though your day-to-day routine may have not changed, you have noticed more of a spring in your step, the sudden urge to want to get up and belt out a tune, even your foot tap on the bus has a ¾ tempo. So what could this phenomenon be that has subliminally sashayed through your life? There’s a good chance it may be caused by the resurrection of musicals in the last year!
Over the last several months, we’ve noticed an increase in the number of musicals making their way into theatres, either adapted from Broadway classics or created specifically for the big screen. To take a closer look, we’ve gone ahead and made a list of some of the best musical movies to hit theatres in the last year.
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (2018)
Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Taking home a whopping four Oscars®, Bohemian Rhapsody was an iconic resurgence of the musical rock biopic. With a stunning performance by Rami Malek as the legendary Freddie Mercury, we felt as though we were transported back to the 1970’s when Queen was topping the charts. The movie even received much praise from Brian May, guitarist of Queen, in its accuracy to the true story and the remembrance of Mercury.
Elton John (Taron Egerton) in Rocketman (2019)
A sudden and close contender to the success of Malek’s Mercury, is Taron Egerton’s portrayal of Sir Elton John in this year’s Rocketman. Going above and beyond, Egerton even sang every version of Elton’s songs in this rock biopic, not only receiving high acclaim from Elton but even accompanying the legendary singer in a duet at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
(Mena Massoud) and Genie (Will Smith) in Aladdin (2019)
Leave it to Disney to orchestrate yet another top-of-the-charts musical in the live-action version of Aladdin. Recreating classic songs from the original soundtrack, as well as bringing in a handful of new tracks and musical scores, Aladdin has become another Disney musical of the ages!
Yet another animated musical but this time brought to us by STX Entertainment! Featuring artists Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, and Janelle Monáe to name a few (seriously, there are a lot more), this feel good musical teaches us to love ourselves despite our imperfections: a timeless message.
Bustopher Jones (James Corden) in Cats (2019)
Well, it’s finally here— The most anticipated musical of the year, if not the decade, is none other than Cats! While to some, these CGI cat versions of famous actors and musicians may seem a little odd, to many it’s a masterpiece! With the director of Les Misérables (2012), Tom Hooper, at the helm and with a star-studded cast featuring Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, and Sir Ian McKellen, we can expected a musical triumph from the long-awaited release of Cats, coming to Regal December 20th!