Well, here we are. It’s time to decide our championship match. We’ve been dreading this because now we must decide between some pretty awesome movies. Who should advance to the finals? What epic battle do you have approaching with your bracket’s match-up? Do you love dinosaurs as much as we do? So many questions to answer. Let’s get started with our picks.
MOVIE BEARDS VS. BOOKS TO MOVIES
Again, Jurassic Park takes the lead on actual awards won, but that is only because Tom Hanks was robbed at the Oscars. Although, Hanks and his trusty sidekick, Wilson the Volleyball, did win the Teen Choice Award for best onscreen chemistry which is both impressive and deserved.
Similarly, JP leads in overall box office gross—by about $100 million. Things are not looking good for Cast Away. But then, here comes Tom Hanks with one of my favorite all-time movie quotes:
“And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”
It’s life advice, really. A few years later, a little fish named Dory would give similar advice and tell us to “just keep swimming.” I guess these are things you can only learn in warmer climates. Either way, I choke up each time I hear Hanks deliver that line. It’s heartbreaking and encouraging all at once.
Is a quote enough to save a great movie? A movie featuring one of the most epic beards of all time? In the end, no it is not. Frankly, I’m not sure that Tom Hanks isn’t on the Jurassic Park island the whole time. He’s just lucky he didn’t run in to a velociraptor while he was there. But, if he had, my decision would have been a lot easier.
MUSICALS VS. CIVIL WAR MOVIES
Singin’ in the Rain is…
I mean, it’s…
Well, to steal a word or two (or twenty five) from another Hoosier, it’s the Coliseum. It’s the Louvre Museum. It’s a melody from a symphony by Strauss. It’s a Bendel bonnet*, a Shakespeare sonnet, it’s Mickey Mouse.
(*A fashionable bonnet named for it’s designer, Henri Bendel – yes, the Henri Bendel – that was evidently all the rage in 1934.)
Singin’ in the Rain is the quintessential movie musical. But it’s more than that. It’s the best movie (not including Star Wars) ever made. It should be required viewing.
It’s laugh out loud funny. It’s hopelessly romantic. It has the two greatest song and dance performances in the history of film (“Make ‘Em Laugh” and the title song). It has nearly a dozen songs that are instantly memorable. It has the greatest musical actor of all time at the apex of his game. It has Donald O’Conner as the greatest best friend in the history of movies (not including Chewbacca). It has Cyd Charisse’s legs. It’s infinitely quotable. (“Okay, you’re a cab.”) And it has Princess Leia’s mom!
So Glory’s, um, glorious run comes to an end. But it was a wonderful march for the men of the fightin’ 54th. Singin’ in the Rain survives to play another day. Bring on Jurassic Park.
Check back Monday for our final round and the reveal of the March Movie Madness Champion. Will Jurassic Park miraculously triumph over a cinematic classic like Singin’ in the Rain? We’ll know soon enough.