Archive for July 24th, 2007

“Hairspray”: Why Haven’t They Made More Musicals Like This?

July 24, 2007

blonsky dances awayI’ve never seen the original John Water’s version (I know, shame on me, right?), nor the Broadway version (how can you blame me, most Broadway sucks these days!) so I had no idea what to expect from this movie. My only knowledge was from the so-so trailer, that an overweight high school girl wants to be on a televised dance show. I wasn’t sure how to take this. It looked kind of dopey, but I found my foot moving with the rhythm of the music on more than one occasion.

There’s a reason why “Hairspray” is getting only the best reviews. It’s been assembled in such a way that there’s nothing anyone could dislike about it. There’s nothing in this film that in any way could possibly offend. It’s so sweet natured a film that you can almost taste the cotton candy. But is it a dopey musical, ala Bye, Bye Birdie?