It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)

Rated NR

After World War II war buddies, Ted, Doug, and Angie decide to meet 10 years later. In those ten years their dreams dissolve and a network wants to show their reunion on TV.

What was the point of this film? Was it a feel good movie after the war? As musicals go I didn’t particularly like this  film. Sure, it had Gene Kelley and wonderful song and dance numbers but the story. What was the story? There was just too much going on in the story for me to enjoy it. Kelley’s song and dance numbers were amazing especially ones that he choreographed. I would watch this for Kelley as he was bigger than life in it. One of his best but I don’t think he ever performed badly.

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1 Response to It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)

  1. Rick says:

    I liked this picture. The point of this movie was to examine the notion of post war optimism and compare it to the reality of post war disillusionment. The transitory nature of the three characters relationships and their personal failures is the vehicle that is used to convey this message. All the musical numbers are great. The trash can lid dance could have influenced ‘Stomp”. The Cyd Charisse and Dan Dailey numbers are entertaining. And yes. Gene Kelly’s rollerskate routine was original and amazing. Dolores Gray’s number was unusually subversive in that the alluring woman appears to enjoy rejecting her suitors as she kills them. This was quite a statement of female empowerment and very counterculture.
    The movie was ahead of it’s time because it was rather dark and cynical for a musical. Even though it bombed at the box office when it first came out, I believe it has gained more acceptance and critical acclaim as it ages.

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