Musicals are an absolute delight for anyone, irrespective of age group or genre-abiding fans. One of the most profound tools in cinema, the use of sound, being modified and tuned to convey an emotion central to the film, there is little else that film and music lovers could wish for. An amalgamation simply beyond comparison.
Similar to musicals, movies based on music have always been endearing subjects for me, as have other movies on any other forms of art. Movies like ‘Whiplash’ or ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, or the more recent ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, while not being musicals in their strictest sense, are excellent films about music, famous musicians or the resilience that a musician must endure, all featuring music and famous musical numbers as pivotal driving elements for the film, and following the unprecedented success of the latter, I suspect such films to be out by the dozens every year very soon.
All the better for us, since we can’t stop tapping our feet to the sound of these amazing films, coupling effective, emotional storytelling with aural gratification. That being said, Netflix hosts quite the line-up of musical films in its library for you to watch from the comfort of your homes. Here’s the list of really good music movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
12. Mamma Mia! (2006)
While the line-up of actors for the film should be reason alone to convince you to watch the film, ‘Mamma Mia!’, for me, was only a feel good, comfort food kind of film, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Of course, Meryl Streep is great and so is the remainder of the truly well rounded up cast. ‘Mamma Mia!’ in the end remains pure escapist stuff: gorgeous locations, a mushy storyline at the heart of it, and a soundtrack derived from 70s ABBA hits. There are those who enjoyed it, like me, and those who will swear by it.
11. Across the Universe (2007)