Friday, December 02, 2005

Rent: Yet Another MeView

Yes, it was only a matter of time. I need to put in my 1.99999 cents. Anyway, you've read the reviews. Seems like the loser critics are all beside themselves. They're torn. Some dig it, and others loathe it. Care to know why? They're not Rentheads. Technically, neither am I. Don't get me wrong, I loved the show. Wait wait. Let me back up. I loved the music after I watched the show in NYC. See...since my hearing absolutely sucks...I really couldn't hear what the hell they were saying on stage...so I could never fully appreciate it. And my seat wasn't too far from the stage. It wasn't orchestra level, but not too far from it. The wife and I saw it less than a year ago. Anyway, back to whatever it was that I was talking about earlier. The movie. I dug it. The wife dug it. Although, I must say that I was a little perplexed that the movie's opening is fairly different from the show. Dramatically different? IMHO, yeah. I was a little taken back that some of lyrics that were once intended to be sung by the characters became spoke word text. However, let's get down to reality here people, it's an adaptation. Come off your high horses. Very few movie adaptations ever fully follow the original sources. You sick sad people probably go to these things just so that you have something new to pick apart. Grease didn't directly follow the original show either...at least that's what I heard once. Here's my take on it without spoilers. If someone were to tell you that a popular Broadway show was touring to your town's small theater and most of the original cast would be there to perform and the tickets would only cost you $9 a head? What would you do? I think I made my point.
Oh...one other thing...
Kudos to the MPAA (not something that I say all that often) for having the moxy to give this film a PG-13 rating. When was the last time you saw a movie that dropped the F-word (not "free" in case you wondering) twice and it did not get an "R"? I thought you could only get away with saying it once to obtain a PG-13. Must remind myself of this fact when I actually sit down to write my screenplay (one of these years).

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