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movies: I was a boy scout once . . .

and a brownie, until some brat got scared!

I wish they had kept that line.

Well, Rent was enjoyable. For some reason, I didn't have as big of a problem with the recitative being turned into dialog as I did with POTO. Maybe my Phantom experience prepared me for the shock.

I really don't feel like I can evaluate the movie on its own merits, it's too wrapped up in other Rent-themed materials in my head. I've had the movie soundtrack for a while, so wasn't surprised by the song changes. Wait, they didn't sing the new song, I just realized. What's the purpose of it, if it wasn't even in the movie? Is it on the radio? hmm. Anyway, none of the cinematography was so fantastic that I can say that the material truly benefitted from becoming a movie, but I did enjoy it.

The biggest surprise, for me, was Rosario Dawson's performance. She was much better than I expected her to be.

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onthestairs
Nov. 27th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
I honestly think the reason I *liked* the recitative-turned-into-dialogue in the Rent movie as much as I did is because I was so pissed off by the POTO movie. I'm so glad you said that! I can't believe that somebody didn't at some point say, "Hey, this shit still rhymes -- that's kinda weird?", you know? It was just awkward. I thought all of the changes as far as the recitative went in the Rent movie were fairly smooth, considering they weren't as married to the original text.

*topples off of soapbox*
hapgood
Nov. 27th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
Maybe that's why I didn't like in POTO! I couldn't figure it out today, why I was so much less annoyed.
disneyclint
Nov. 27th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
As far as I'm concerned, making a movie of a play is just a way to distribute it to a wider audience, who may not have the means to go and see a Broadway musical. That's why I want there to be a Wicked movie; I'd even be satisfied if they just filmed the play on stage and put it on DVD.
hapgood
Nov. 27th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Usually, I prefer to have them just tape the stage show. There are some shows, Phantom comes to mind, where they should make full movies out of them, as they really benefit from the special effects and things that can be done better on film than stage (passage of time).
scurtigirl1
Nov. 29th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
Positive and Negative
Postivies
I also loved Rosiaro Dawson. I thought she was phenominal.
I liked the flashback stuff during One Song, Glory. I liked getting to see April!
I really enjoyed Sara(h)? Silverman as Alexi Darling. Sure, she didn't sing, but it gave her a character.
LOVED the "engagement ceremony" for Take Me or Leave Me. Thought it was hilarious

Negatives
I missed some of the songs. Like, Happy New Year... even though they added some of it in as dialouge.
Where the hell did Halloween go. It was on the soundtrack. I looked at my cousin and said, "did I go deaf for a second? where did it go?"
The negative attitude of the majority of the people in the theatre. I wanted to kick the people who were freaking out about Angel and Collins. And Maureen and Joanne. Stupid narrowminded.... sorry.

I miss you Stewart!
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