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    Dan Backslide
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    Kidman looks good there (although she doesn’t really pass as a Fosse dancer), but that song’s still not particularly good.

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    Saw this over the weekend in a local theater.

    I went into it with mild expectations (expecting it to be cheesy and Glee-like), but left pleasantly surprised with the whole thing and a huge smile on my face. The songs go REALLY well with the plot, so non-musical goers might be able to tolerate them a little more. You can’t help but smile as you watch it.

    The cast- Streep is much more of a major player in this than I was expecting, so that was a great surprise. She gets a little more range in this as well, which I wasn’t expecting (i.e. hotel scene). It’s one of my favorite performances from her, especially over the past several years. Despite the hate Corden seems to gather, I think (and my friends as well) that he fit really well into this film. Kidman isn’t as much as main character, but she’s so much fun when she’s on-screen. Andrew R has one of the most fun songs (memorable too) that keeps you singing after its over. The newcomer playing the lead has a great voice and she has a career somewhere if she wants it.

    Not expecting Oscar nods above the line (unless the pool of films to choose from disappoints), but I’m expecting the Globes to eat this up and give Streep a win, possibly Best Musical/Comedy as well (not sure what drama will sneak into this category and steal it from a true comedy/musical this year).

    Overall, this was such an enjoyable watch, and I can’t wait to see it again when it drops on Netflix.

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    Saw this over the weekend in a local theater. I went into it with mild expectations (expecting it to be cheesy and Glee-like), but left pleasantly surprised with the whole thing and a huge smile on my face. The songs go REALLY well with the plot, so non-musical goers might be able to tolerate them a little more. You can’t help but smile as you watch it. The cast- Streep is much more of a major player in this than I was expecting, so that was a great surprise. She gets a little more range in this as well, which I wasn’t expecting (i.e. hotel scene). It’s one of my favorite performances from her, especially over the past several years. Despite the hate Corden seems to gather, I think (and my friends as well) that he fit really well into this film. Kidman isn’t as much as main character, but she’s so much fun when she’s on-screen. Andrew R has one of the most fun songs (memorable too) that keeps you singing after its over. The newcomer playing the lead has a great voice and she has a career somewhere if she wants it. Not expecting Oscar nods above the line (unless the pool of films to choose from disappoints), but I’m expecting the Globes to eat this up and give Streep a win, possibly Best Musical/Comedy as well (not sure what drama will sneak into this category and steal it from a true comedy/musical this year). Overall, this was such an enjoyable watch, and I can’t wait to see it again when it drops on Netflix.

    Better manage your expectations then.

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    I haven’t seen a lot of films this year…what’s currently ahead that your make me manage my expectations?

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    Here is a leak of Meryl Streep’s performance of ‘The Lady’s Improving’ in the film.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RvKrpbsEb8

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    The Lady’s improving scene is not as energetic as It’s not about me but it’s still good.

    MARIAH CAREY

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    I’m pleased to be the first person to review on here so no one can think I am @ing them because honestly I don’t know how much of a miserable git you have to be to dislike this film. It is just a pure feast of joy right from the get go. Sure it’s not the kind of thing anyone should be clamouring to win Best Picture but that doesn’t mean it can’t be exceptional. Frankly what also depresses me is the number of people online I’ve seen rooting against this film before they’ve even seen it. Do people have no concept of how much social impact this could have if it is widely seen and appreciated? Or is hatred of Ryan Murphy more important than that? Honestly it disgusts me.

    On to more precise criticism. The direction and screenplay go hand in hand. By this I mean that they are always enjoyable, sometimes ingenious, sometimes clunky. They are frequently saved by the performances and the top-to-toe brilliant craftsmanship.

    In terms of performances, I’m going to start with Corden seeing as he has had the most attention. He is good. That’s it. He’s not the worst performance I’ve ever seen and he’s certainly not the best. Critics have latched onto him to make some kind of butchered social statement, whilst undermining the more important one they could be supporting. Incidentally, what actually surprised me about him was that it is his moments of tenderness where he even flourishes, getting right to the core of the emotions that surround LGBT exclusion with sincerity and pathos. Comedically, however, he falls a bit flat throughout.

    What the critics did get right though is that he is not the reason to see this film for if you want an example of exemplary performance then there are many. Kidman and Pellman are excellent whilst Kerry Washington powers through like a bulldozer and her penultimate scene is my favourite non-dramatic moment in the feature.

    Ultimately though, the entire show is stolen by Meryl Streep. Although given arguably the least satisfying arc of all of the core characters, you cannot take your eyes off of her. Fully fleshed out, her narcissism is not just played for laughs but is embedded into Dee Dee and cannot be dragged out though. That’s not to dismiss those laughs though because Streep is absolutely hilarious here. “It’s Not About Me” is spectacular and up there with the greatest movie musical moments ever. The only shame with it is that it comes so early that the film peaks after 20 minutes. I would love an Oscar nomination for her even if I don’t see it. The HFPA, however, could very easily eat this up.

    Overall: turn on your Netflix and watch it if, like me, you want something to raise your spirits this year rather than be buried in snobbery. For anyone who doesn’t want that, keep away. I’m sure you can find something else to watch. In fact, I hear I’m Thinking of Ending Things might be right up your street.

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    I’m pleased to be the first person to review on here so no one can think I am @ing them because honestly I don’t know how much of a miserable git you have to be to dislike this film. It is just a pure feast of joy right from the get go. Sure it’s not the kind of thing anyone should be clamouring to win Best Picture but that doesn’t mean it can’t be exceptional. Frankly what also depresses me is the number of people online I’ve seen rooting against this film before they’ve even seen it. Do people have no concept of how much social impact this could have if it is widely seen and appreciated? Or is hatred of Ryan Murphy more important than that? Honestly it disgusts me.

    On to more precise criticism. The direction and screenplay go hand in hand. By this I mean that they are always enjoyable, sometimes ingenious, sometimes clunky. They are frequently saved by the performances and the top-to-toe brilliant craftsmanship.

    In terms of performances, I’m going to start with Corden seeing as he has had the most attention. He is good. That’s it. He’s not the worst performance I’ve ever seen and he’s certainly not the best. Critics have latched onto him to make some kind of butchered social statement, whilst undermining the more important one they could be supporting. Incidentally, what actually surprised me about him was that it is his moments of tenderness where he even flourishes, getting right to the core of the emotions that surround LGBT exclusion with sincerity and pathos. Comedically, however, he falls a bit flat throughout.

    What the critics did get right though is that he is not the reason to see this film for if you want an example of exemplary performance then there are many. Kidman and Pellman are excellent whilst Kerry Washington powers through like a bulldozer and her penultimate scene is my favourite non-dramatic moment in the feature.

    Ultimately though, the entire show is stolen by Meryl Streep. Although given arguably the least satisfying arc of all of the core characters, you cannot take your eyes off of her. Fully fleshed out, her narcissism is not just played for laughs but is embedded into Dee Dee and cannot be dragged out though. That’s not to dismiss those laughs though because Streep is absolutely hilarious here. “It’s Not About Me” is spectacular and up there with the greatest movie musical moments ever. The only shame with it is that it comes so early that the film peaks after 20 minutes. I would love an Oscar nomination for her even if I don’t see it. The HFPA, however, could very easily eat this up.

    Overall: turn on your Netflix and watch it if, like me, you want something to raise your spirits this year rather than be buried in snobbery. For anyone who doesn’t want that, keep away. I’m sure you can find something else to watch. In fact, I hear I’m Thinking of Ending Things might be right up your street.

    Why exactly do people hate ryan Murphy? I hated glee too but really? Or is that not it
    Anyways I’ll watch this in a movie marathon when Ma Rainey comes out(watching all the Netflix contenders) so I’m excited

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    Why exactly do people hate ryan Murphy? I hated glee too but really? Or is that not it

    For most that hate him, I imagine it’s purely a case of disliking a few shows he’s done and so pettily choosing to actively root against him rather than just choose not to watch his stuff and appreciate the fact that it’s nice that Hollywood’s most prolific TV producer is a openly gay man telling a lot of important underdog stories.

    I also believe a substantial minority have a borderline homophobic (or internalised homophobic) dislike of camp which is obviously a pretty key component of all of Murphy’s work.

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    I’ll be honest, I enjoyed this more than most of the Oscar baits of this year

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    I enjoyed the movie. It’s not the greatest musical ever nor the worst. It’s good, entertaining, good message and MERYL STREEP AT THE TOP OF HER COMEDIC GAME…

    she is REALLY funny here and she steals every scene she’s in. Jo Pellman is also very good and Nicole Kidman so much fun. Corden…meh!

    I can see HFPA eating this up for real…and Meryl even winning (Carey is the favourite tho)

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    Why exactly do people hate ryan Murphy? I hated glee too but really? Or is that not it Anyways I’ll watch this in a movie marathon when Ma Rainey comes out(watching all the Netflix contenders) so I’m excited

    My biggest problem with Murphy is that he’s produced and created a lot of shows that I just despise (especially Ratched). And I think, especially when it comes to Netflix, people hate him because he produces way too many shows that people are getting burnt out by his presence. And we still haven’t gotten to the A Chorus Line series yet. But I don’t hate him. He is a very talented director and he’s produced a lot of good shows. But I think his reputation has been stained by his worst projects and just too many projects all together. He just needs a break. On a side note, I’m gonna watch the movie tonight, so look forward to my very lengthy review once I watch it.

    FYC Oscars: Soul (Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and Original Score), Regina King (Best Director), Delroy Lindo (Best Actor), Viola Davis (Best Actress), Leslie Odom Jr. (Best Supporting Actor)

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    “You owe me a house”

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    It’s okay. The original song is a bop indeed. Kerry Washington was my favorite although I’m not a fan of how her character arc ended. Streep was delicious here.

    I just love movies. And awards.

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