Through a little luck and a healthy dose of good connections, the SNU and I were invited to a special preview screening of Rent, the movie. We were accompanied by a couple work friends and Lady B.
In short, the film is fabulous but not perfect. Considering what a Herculean task it is to convert such a beloved rock opera into a screenplay, I'm very forgiving! We all left in tears (the good kind), and humming our favorite tunes.
- any scene with Jesse L. Martin
- Rosario Dawson performing the hell out of her role and helping me forget the truly awful Daphne Rubin-Vega from the original production
- Wilson Jermaine Heredia portraying Angel with winking glee, particularly when "she" gets drunk
- Santa Fe being performed in the most entertaining subway car ever
- Maureen's hilarious performance art (watch the TVs)
- La Vie Boheme
- the fact that when two lesbians fight, it's often hot and passionate (think The L Word)
- Roger doing a Bon Jovi "Living on a Prayer" impression in pseudo-Santa Fe
- a couple crucial scenes being cut, like Goodbye Love
- not enough Taye Diggs (I know he's the villain, but he's so frickin' adorable)