Perhaps the finest of the Astaire-Rogers films, Swing Time has an ironic wit and a teasing throughout -- will they get together? Will they dance?

Fred pretends he can't dance in "Pick Yourself Up"; the romantic singing of "Just the Way You Look Tonight" is given the twist of its recipient (Ginger) having a headful of shampoo;  even the climactic duet is one of separation and defeat, "Never Gonna Dance."

Swing Time is "top hats and empty pockets," (to quote film historian Arlene Croce) -- not quite so much glitz nor optimism here.  It is Top Hat  "grown up" and honed to a fine edge, and it's that edge that sets it above the others.
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