I’ve never seen Glee on TV and know nothing about the premise or the cast.
My granddaughter and her step-sister went with me to tell me who is who and explain the character relationships. Not that it matters. This isn’t an extended episode, it’s a concert.
I can’t say I’m disappointed. Sitting through a sitcom — even if it is Glee — doesn’t sound fun. Truthfully, neither did seeing a concert. I really only went because it’s something my granddaughter and I could do together.
That said, how the hell do you review a concert? Even more problematic, how do you review the concert of TV show characters that you know nothing about? I’ll do the best I can.
Positives: The music is fabulous and in three-dimension. Cast members sing their hearts out and bounce and bound about the stage with reckless abandon. Most of those seeing this will be fans of the show so you’ll be familiar with their redoes of familiar hit songs.
For those not familiar, some of them are even well-done.
The theme of the show is inclusion no matter your social status, size, shape, color or sexual preference. It is carried over in the concert and the idea is powerful.
Negatives: Fans of the TV series and their stories are interspersed to pad for length. I found the dwarf in the running to be her high school’s prom princess to be fun but not as inspiring as the producers envisioned. The little kid mimicking Curt is a bit much as are the other fans blubbering about how much the characters have changed their lives.
Good that they did, but I’d really rather see another song.
Last — three songs from the end I was bored and ready to head for the exit.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG for mature themes. It opens Friday, Aug. 12 at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.