a guide in enjoyment, with a bit of me too

September 23, 2007

Hairspray, such a movie, such a wonder!

Filed under: kind of reviews — tankemonolog @ 9:14 pm

Hairspray I’ll recall (a review in the form of a song)

Lyrics: Karoline & Music: Hairsprays ‘Good morning Baltimore’ http://youtube.com/watch?v=HPLV-7cg9C4 , you can hear the song by following that link and then you’ll know the melody. My review is in the form of a song with that melody.

I saw a movie friday,

it was a kind of musical

I saw, I listened and smiled,

it was beautiful,

just something so wild

The story was great,

with some love and some faith

and a lead character that one

had to love

I saw a movie friday, yes

and Hairspray was what it was called

Oh Hairspray, it’s unreal,

could create in both style and feel

something classic and beautiful,

with a hairdoo that speaks for all

Oh Hairspray, it’s a game,

with the good guys and folks to blame,

happy ending and all

Hairspray I’ll recall

I saw a movie friday.

with songs like ‘I can hear the bells’

I saw, I listened and knew

something beautiful,

just something so new

The guy was called Link

and that was kind of cool,

like that guy in Zelda

who sort of rule

I saw a movie friday

with hairspray and great moral too

Oh Hairspray, it’s got tunes,

that could make one get in the groove,

‘You can’t stop the beat’ after all,

it’s the right kind of musical

Oh Hairspray, it’s the truth

and the actors and actresses play

perfectly and I know

Hairspray I’ll recall

It’s predictable, true

and it’s out of the blue,

but I don’t really feel like complaining much

I saw a movie friday, yes

and Hairspray was what it was called

Oh Hairspray, my review

is not of ordinary substance

watching gave me the urge to dance

and a new hope for true romance

Oh Hairspray, now I know,

I will get you on video,

on dvd in some months

Hairspray I’ll recall

Hairspray I’ll recall

Hairspray I’ll recaaaaaaall…

***

So this is a review of Hairspray which I watched friday evening and truly enjoyed. Some movies just stick with you, even if they aren’t extremely original, some movies just have something special. I also think Nikki Blonsky who was the lead did a really great job. Tracy Turnblad became real to the viewers and that’s what it’s all about, making you believe and enjoy the adventure before your eyes. So you should watch it I guess.

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August 10, 2007

To talk about Wicked

Filed under: kind of reviews — tankemonolog @ 9:32 pm

 (I have only heard Wicked on cd and seen clips on youtube, but that doesn’t stop me from reviewing.) Anyway… 

Wicked is a musical and I love it. It’s about the “wicked witch of the west” Elphaba and her friend G(a)linda and their friendship foremostly, but the romance, courtesy of Fiyero, is important too. Most important is probably the theme of good and evil and how it’s mixed with a lot of grey. All the characters are so developed and that’s part of the beauty. I can relate to Elphaba and I think most people can, because everyone feels at some point in their life that they’re different and everyone is. Elphaba, because of her green-ness, myself, because of my naturalness. I’m totally myself all the way and I think that makes me unique, because most people adapt more to others expectations. I stay myself! Glinda is a nice character too and one can see her growth from a sophisticated and vain girl, to a wise and loving woman. They are so real to you, Elphie and Glinda. I enjoy that.

But I’ll continue on. One of the many reasons as to why I love Wicked is the music. From the powerful beginning and to the very last note, the score is beautiful and many of the songs are magnificent. And the thing about Wicked is that every single song is important to the plot and that is great. Even a song like “Something bad” and “March of the Witch Hunters” couldn’t be cut, because they are important for the story. My favorite song in Wicked is “I’m not that girl”, which Elphaba sings when she realizes that she’s in love with Fiyero and knows that she isn’t ‘that girl’ (though she will be later on in the play). This song is so beautiful and true for so many. Most have experienced that feeling, that knowledge that they’re not the one and that is a sad experience. That is just the thing to sing about. “Popular” is another great song and Kristin Chenoweth sings it very well. It actually took me some listenings to get used to her voice, but now I really like it. It can be both operatic and poppy and that is unique. Chenoweths voice is so charming and I also like it a lot in “For Good”, a great song about how a friendship can change you. That is so true, I wouldn’t be the same without my friends. Idina Menzel portrays Elphaba and sings beautifully in all her songs. Defying Gravity is especially wonderful and that is also kind of the crescendo-moment of the show. It’s important to defy gravity, take a chance and leap. It’s such a powerful melody and Idina hits those notes with such astounding power. The musical has other charming songs as the enjoyable “Dancing through life” which I like because I’m doing just that. I’m dancing through life, though I’m not literally dancing, but metaphorically! And the schools really teach the wrong lessons, because it’s so rooted in reality and knowledge and I personally think that creativity and emotion is much more important. Teach a person history and chemistry and he or she can be an intellectual jerk, but teach a person to love and it doesn’t matter if he or she isn’t intellectual, because love is more important really. “No good deed” is beautiful because it appeals to a deeprooted insecurity in some that makes one question him- or herself: ‘Am I actually a good person or am I a bad person and all my good deeds not so good after all?’ That is a philosophical question and since most things can be misinterpreted and misunderstood it speaks a truth, kind of. The other songs are great also.

I haven’t talked that much about the plot and that is because it’s not always that easy to have a synopsis to things and I don’t want to tell more about the plot than I’ve already mentioned. But what I can say is that Wicked makes you see the “Wizard of Oz” from a new perspective and that is cool. Wicked is based on a book by the way, Gregory Maguire’s “The life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West”, a great book with a long title. The book is not an easy read, but it’s worth it and incredibly wellwritten. I prefer the musical personally, though. I just do.

But I’m finishing this thing now and if anyone reads it ever, feel free to comment 🙂

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