Is there major irony about the Prom - the Footloose of the 21st century - which is a musical about a small town against LGBTQ anything?
Yes, the anti-gay folks twirl, pirouette, jazz hands and scoop their voices to make them that much more Broadway.
That's not a compliment.
Perhaps it's the writing of shows over the last few years (read: decades) but the songs and voices can be interchanged by anyone and into any show. It's all so generic and boring.
And it seems no one marginalizes anything more than Ryan Murphy. Think Glee or his 178 different American Horror Stories - all starring Sarah Paulson. This might be the first thing he's done that doesn't have Paulson - which might be a shame.
I was underwhelmed by Meryl Streep. I know, right? She had her moments, so I'm not sure it was her as much as it was the material. James Corden was exactly what you expect. Is it weird I've seen like two movie musicals in six years and both had Streep and Corden? I think the question is rhetorical.
Nicole Kidman wasn't bad - at least I don't think. Best of the bunch, maybe. The woman who played the main girl - Emma - wasn't pretty good, though a little too 'the sun'll come out tomorrow-ish'.
And the Prom proves that Keegan-Michael Key is in everything. Ironically, his was one of the few songs I didn't mind and wasn't so forced. Andrew Rannells proves he has a style. Singular. But he makes it work. Even Tracey Ullman's character could have been played by anyone. Was June Squibb not available?
Don't get me wrong - I knew what I was getting into from the beginning. Well, I assumed I knew. I wasn't incorrect. .......and like so many musicals, a song fixes any injustice and everyone is happy in the end. I mean, except in Shoah: the Musical !!*
Still this is 120 minutes I'll never ever get back.
At least the Prom has Mary Kay Place. She makes everything better. I mean, not the Prom, but most things.
*not a real thing.......I hope. I should have Gooooogled that.
I am randomly picking 15 as my movie goal for 2021. Knowing that most of our theaters are still closed, I'll be a bit liberal on what is and isn't a movie this upcoming year. I suspect that most will still be streaming bound, but this is the new world we live in. Christopher Nolan is just gonna have to deal with it.
2021 Movie Count / Goal: 01 of 15
Song by: Prince & the Revolution