It’s that time of year again when mediocre songs and flamboyant performances illuminate our TV screens. With the dreaded ‘deux points’ score for the United Kingdom having become a staple of Eurovision disappointment. So why not settle in with a large glass of wine and watch a music centred movie instead?
Movies have the ability to bring popular music, energy and diversity into your home in equal measure to any Eurovision party. So grab the snacks, pour the drinks and get ready to dance into the small hours with our pick of 5 essential music movies; every one designed to have you dancing in your living room by the end credits.
Buzzing with energy, humour and joy, the film version of the stage musical does an impressive job of bringing the vibrant story of Tracy Turnblad to the big screen. With a truly impressive cast, alongside rich and colourful cinematography, Hairspray doesn’t disappoint. Its musical score of 1960’s inspired pop and soul will have you singing along, smiling and dancing from the first scene to the last.
Studio 54 Directors Cut (1998) (2015)
The world famous New York discotheque is brought to life in Mark Christophers 1998 film. Following Shane O Shea (Ryan Phillippe) as he attempts to make his big city dreams come true, 54 ripples with the disco beats of 1970’s New York. Mark Christophers directors cut replaces much of the sexuality and desire inherent in the original vision of a discotheque that defined a 70’s generation. This is a film that takes you back to the era of syncopated beats, strings and rhythm guitars, in a glorious technicolour of a societies changing views and acceptance.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Prepare to be rocked with a beautiful, joyous and emotional rollercoaster based on Queen and Freddie Mercury’s career. Rami Malek’s Oscar winning performance is full of soul and reverence for Freddie backed by a superb ensemble cast. Bohemian Rhapsody shows love and affection, while never seeking to dismiss the trappings of fame or the destructive nature of money and loneliness. But where this films excels is in its ability to bring the music of Queen to a new generation, so turn up the volume and celebrate the genius of Freddie and Queen.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Buzzing with energy, Emile Ardolino’s romantic summer trip is still fresh and creative. Following Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman (Jennifer Grey) as she falls for her dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) during a summer at the Catskills resort. Known for the classic dance routine that has inspired so many others, Dirty Dancing is so much more than a simple dance movie. There aren’t many better ways to spend a Saturday night in front of the TV.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Even if you have never seen John Badham’s film, you will undoubtably know every single Bee Jee’s track the film made famous. Following Tony Manero (John Travolta) an everyday Brooklyn boy who lives for the weekends at his local discotheque. The stress and social isolation of the week danced away in world of music, lights and status, that replaces the mundane world of reality. Electrifying and unique, Saturday Night Fever captures the atmosphere of 1970’s disco like no other film of its genre.