28 posts categorized "Musical"

March 24, 2022

WEST SIDE STORY

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ColeSmithey.comHere is the longest two and a half hours you will spend in your life.

Steven Spielberg's nostalgic populism goes dark.

Very dark.

Forget about, "if you can't improve on the original, don't bother."

Spielberg damns the torpedos with off-base casting choices and a celebration of stomach-churning brute violence, under a tone-deaf sense of musicality.

Shrill.

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Every song is in the wrong key relative to the demands of the narrative.

Fingernails on a chalkboard bad.

Just awful.

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Even its ensemble's solid choreography gets lost beneath crushing waves of poor editing, pacing, and misplaced thematic emphasis.

In our modern violent times, the last thing audiences need is the racist fueled anger, hatred, and resentment this film promulgates. 

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The definitive 1961 version of "West Side Story" retains its title.

This film only serves to underscore flaws in the source material.

Rated PG-13. 156 mins.

ZERO STARS

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February 15, 2022

TICK, TICK...BOOM!

ColeSmithey.comAndrew Garfield sings and dances his ass off in a movie that doesn't support his best efforts. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda's directing skills are no bueno.

Screenwriter Steven Levenson's debut script could well be his last. 

So be it.

It would have been smarter to concentrate this film's story on Jonathan Larson's writing of "Rent," rather than on "Suburbia," the unsuccessful musical he wrote before it.

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Here is a biopic musical about procrastination.

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It can wait.

Rated PG-13. 115 mins. 

1 Star

COLE SMITHEY

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January 15, 2022

ANNETTE

ColeSmithey.comTedious, ill conceived, and pointlessly depressing "Annette" is a prime example of artsy fartsy Cinema gone wrong.

In spite of every other filmmaker's fawning opinion, there are limits to Adam Driver's acting, singing, and comedic abilities.

Cracks in Adam Driver's thresholds of craft appear in stark relief in this musical flop from French auteur Leos Carax, as co-written with Sparks singer Russell Mael.

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Representational and presentational approaches don't mix.

ZERO STARS

COLE SMITHEY

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