Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Break Into Song Scenes (Non-Musical)
For the seventh week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We venture films that feature moments where characters break into songs in a scene that isn’t a musical. Moments that are often funny or just out of place but still fun. Here are my three picks:
1. Step Brothers
If anyone doesn’t think this is one of the best comedies of the 21st Century so far, then go fucking die. Adam McKay’s anarchist comedy includes a hilarious sing that introduces one of the biggest assholes in film who decides to show off his singing skills by singing an acapella version of Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine. It shows the air of smugness that is carried with an extra ounce by Adam Scott’s son who gets a solo as he sings it as if he’s Justin Timberlake or something. It’s that kind of smugness where I feel like it if a kid is starting to act like a little shit, then you have my permission to kick the shit out of the little motherfucker. It’s one of the funniest scenes ever that’s inspired a lot of Internet parodies.
2. Holy Motors
From one of the finest and more overlooked films in recent years comes Leos Carax’s tribute to cinema that revolves a man playing different personalities to fit in with a certain environment. There’s a couple of musical scenes in the film yet it is the scene with international pop icon Kylie Minogue singing the original song Who Were We that is a big standout. It’s an intensely emotional moment in the film that showcases Minogue’s talent as a vocalist as well as what her character is doing for this particular scene with Denis Lavant’s character watching.
3. Rush Hour 3
The third and possibly final film of the series from Brett Ratner is definitely the weakest of the three films so far. It tries to be a lot of things despite its cast but it ends up trying too hard. Yet, there is a great musical sequence in which Chris Tucker tries to save a performer from a Chinese triad gang and then sings The Closer I Get to You as he’s later joined by Jackie Chan who can fucking sing. It’s a brief moment in the film but it’s such a joy to watch just because of Chan and Tucker singing together.
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