Director Spike Lee’s passionate adaptation of the thrilling Broadway musical about a young bohemian who experiences sex, drugs and rock and roll on his journey to selfhood.
User Reviews: This filming of a Broadway play both shows how good live theater is and how effectively a filmmaker can capture that very experience. It probably would have been better to see this funny, insightful rock opera live, but the movie beautifully captures the experience.
The play follows a young musician as he goes to Europe and falls in with other artists. It’s very much the life I would have liked, but alas, I never was embraced by a group of crazy artists. So I must admit to envy for this semi-autobiographical guy’s life.
The cast is absolutely terrific, headed by co-creator Stew. The performer I found the weakest was the young lead, who was terrific performing songs but who came across as rather bland as a character.
The set is very minimalist, being mainly chairs, yet it’s beautifully staged. This never really sounded that interesting to me based on the description I’d read, and I only watched this because my girlfriend wanted to. I wish I’d watched it much earlier!