Dear The Movies:
I would like to see more dancing in the movies. I don’t know if this is an odd seepage of Bollywood conventions showing up from time to time (I’m not exactly Bollywood-schooled, so if anyone would like to chirp up, now’s the time), but I like it, and would like more.
Both of this weekend’s movie selections, Gamer and 500 Days of Summer, were made incrementally better (not necessarily “good,” mind you; just “better than they had been in the moments before the dance number”) with the inclusion of a dance number out of nowhere.
Gamer used Sammy Davis Jr.’s rendition of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” to pretty awesomely menacing effect, having scenery-devouring Michael C. Hall doing a creepy puppet dance while lip-synching, with helpful backup stomping by his armored guards. This is not something you get to see in a lot of movies. I appreciated it. It added nothing to the plot – in fact, it actually ground the plot to a halt – and you have to respect a movie that says, “You guys know what happens next – big action finale. Let’s just take a moment for dancing.”
500 Days of Summer’s inclusion made a little more sense, because I firmly believe that people in real life should be able to literally break out into a song and dance in the middle of a crowded street if they’ve just had sex after a long dry streak. I Believe That Should Be Allowed:
And now that I think of it, my favorite part of Kung Fu Hustle? Axe gang victory dance.
Now, let me put this to you: would a dance number led by the Joker have cut into the seriousness of Dark Knight? Yes. Of course. But would it have been pretty monumentally cool?
Get on it, movies!
(Oddly, I am not advocating more musicals. I’m not anti-musical, but…well, dancing’s pretty much expected there. I am calling for more Unexpected Dancing.)