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Summary: Based on Puccini's classic opera La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's revolutionary rock opera Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent in the gritty background of New York's East Village. "Measuring their loves in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. (Sony)
An excellent adaptation from stage to film. The movie really seemed true to the original spirit and feeling of the Broadway Musical. Although the cast really doesn't look like they're anywhere near the 19 year-olds they should be playing, you suspend your disbelief to travel along the journey with them.
This might be the worst musical film I've ever seen. The characters are awful, most of the songs are obnoxious rather than heartfelt, and the only sympathetic, rational character is supposed to be the bad guy, and doesn't sing.
Whatever credibilty I had can be thrown out the window. I am just going to say I saw the broadway show (against my will), and ended up liking it more than my date did (and I don't normally like broadway shows). That is probably where this movie should have stayed, but the popularity and money-making abilities just wouldn't allow it. I like the story, overall I would say 65% of the music I could do without, but there are some I liked (yep I said it). Can I get props for being honest?
I'll admit that a few (okay, most) of the tunes are pretty damn catchy, but it dials up the sap and schmaltz to the point where it's tough not to wretch a little bit. Am I a bad person for sympathizing 100% with the "villain" of this film? I mean, I enjoy art and socialism and free love as much as the next twenty-something liberal, but if holding down an honest job makes you evil, the standards for evil have dropped considerably.
Having never seen the stage show I thought the movie did it's job and I just LOVE the music. If you've seen the stage show I hear you won't like the movie. Also if you don't like musicals this one won't change your mind.
The more I look back on this film, and the music itself, the more annoyed I am. You can shout all you want about how Kurosawa and The Sex Pistols inspire you, but until you actually do something to show it you'll remain a bunch of obnoxious, pretentious, wannabes who act like they're the pinnacle of modern art because you live in a shitshack. Never seen the stage show so I can't judge that.
Ah, some of the musicals were catchy. And I appreciated some of its dialogue. But never ever did it feel ok when someone spontaneously broke into song (save for perhaps the opening song). It feels awkward and forced at too many moments. Also, the defense that this movie feels different because it's supposed to reflect the stage version just angers me. If I wanted to watch the stage version, I'd watch the STAGE VERSION! NOT THE MOVIE VERSION!