November 19, 2005

525,600 Minutes

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.

The highlights:
  • 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)
The lowlights:
  • 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)
All in all this is my first must-see film of the year. I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I'm sure I'll end up seeing it again!


Stef said...

I'm really looking forward to this! Somehow Rent has been totally under my radar and I've never seen the show or even heard the soundtrack - I think it came out at a time when I was in school and just not keeping up on things - but I'm excited about catching on and catching up now! I know movies of musicals are a risk (hello, bombastic pompousity) but this looks really good.

DC Food Blog said...

I cannot wait! Thanks for the review! Hope your T-day was nice -J