Sunday, 24 March 2013

Life Is a Cabaret

Wow! Cabaret was AMAZING! I was very moved by the story and very entertained by the powerful voices of Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. I especially thought that Joel Grey's character was expertly developed. His portrayal of the MC had the perfect balance of mystery, flamboyancy, quirkiness, and truth. However, the real standout was Liza. She made me laugh and cry with everything that she did. Her character Sally Bowles inspires me to make sure that I enjoy life as it is. Sally Bowles represents the young and free part of society. I think that her character teaches us an important lesson: Life is short, so we need to enjoy it while it lasts. As the Beatles say: "Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend".

The most powerful part of the film was the scene at the picnic. A young adult begins to sing a beautiful melody. I was rather enjoying the song. As the camera panned out, we can see that this singer is wearing a swastika. The tone of the song immediately changed for me. The message was the same: Tomorrow belongs to me. But, the meaning was different. Soon, more and more people join in to the singing of the nazi anthem. Eventually, everyone is chanting the words as though they have just been brought in to the nazi movement.

My favourite song in this musical was the finale song "Life Is a Cabaret," sung by Liza Minnelli. The reason I found this song so great was because of how true the message was. Life really is like a cabaret. You never know who is going to enter your life and you never know what is going to happen in your life. A cabaret club is a very rough place where anything can happen. Liza sings the lyrics to this song so stunningly and surprisingly cheerfully. She takes the excitement and mystery of life and turns them into positive energy. That is why her performance is so perfect. Her performance is one of the most treasured performances in musical history. Her final song really caps off her expert performance on a good note (literally). Her performance was filled with so much truth and power that it was impossible not to realize what she meant.

Overall, I give this film two thumbs up. Liza Minnelli definitely deserved that academy award. The message that this movie conveys is a lesson that I will take to heart. I will try my best to convey that message to the rest of the world by always following it. This film is a classic that will always be a gem in the world of musicals.

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