The Big Think

November 23, 2007

The Beat, She Canna Be Stopped

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 1:19 am

Erin and I picked up a bunch of movies to watch over our Thanksgiving weekend. We watched Hairspray tonight and, while I was a little skeptical of John Travolta as a cross-dressing giantess married to Christopher Walken, I have to give the movie makers props and say that they pulled it off. The movie had Erin and I laughing and tapping our feet all the way through. Yes, it’s a remake of a musical, but in contrast to many remakes I’ve seen, this one manages to keep the feel of the stage while still injecting the performance with subtle little storytelling touches that can only be managed on the big screen. The film’s 18-year-old unknown lead manages to steal the show from her mega-wattage costars (not for their lack of trying to wrest it back). It’s exuberant, unselfconscious, and wildly fun. The final scene surely qualifies as the most exhausting quarter hour in motion picture history.

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