Movie Monday- Royal Wedding

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It’s the sort of musical I would likely recommend to my lady friends who enjoy ’50s fashion or performing arts. Certainly not for the film noir, action-packed adventure, or tear-jerking drama fanatic. But I’m never one to shy away from a Fred Astaire movie, which might explain why this particular film is one I’ve loved for years. (Or maybe it’s just Peter Lawford’s presence? I used to have an enormous crush on him when I was a kid.) It definitely helps that the two leading characters are brother and sister- which leaves enough room for a double romance- as silly and underdeveloped as it might be!

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It’s pretty amazing that the set and costume designers managed to stay true to the very 1950s color scheme of grey and yellow, blues and reds. The movie was balanced, cohesive, and pretty to lack at. I had forgotten that three of my top ten movie dance sequences were in this movie, so that was just smashing. :)

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A popular theme in pre-1960s movies is to have a production within the production of the movie. It was a great way for Hollywood to show off the dancing talent of their leading ladies and gents. And really, if you ask me, this movie was more about creating something pretty to look at and fun to watch than actually providing the viewer with likable characters or an intriguing plot.

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If you’re a fan of 1940s or 1950s musicals, you would probably enjoy Royal Wedding. And if you’re in the mood for something pretty to look at (Peter Lawford?!) or something to watch while doing crafts, put this one on your list.

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Sorry for the horrible picture quality. My neighbor’s internet was running awfully slow. ;) GOT to get on that whole getting our own internet thing.

6 Responses

  1. Hannah B. says:

    One of my all-time favorites when I was little. Dancing on the ceiling, Peter Lawford and, of course, Fred Astaire in a yellow cardigan and bow tie?! What’s not to love :)

  2. Sue says:

    I used to have a huge crush on Peter Lawford too! Perhaps it was his accent? This is an adorable little movie that has always been one of my guilty pleasures.

  3. Vanessa says:

    Duh! The spinning room dance sequence! You know I love me some Fred! I might watch Easter Parade today, since I faild to do so on Easter like I usually do

  4. robin says:

    I just love old movies I don’t think I’ve seen this one is it on dvd

  5. Julie says:

    I love me some Fred Astaire! I have not seen this one but I know what is going to be on the movie docket for this weekend! Thanks!

  6. Hannah B says:

    One of my absolute favorites!