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    zordon
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    Come on, Kidman had one good scene and one (mediocre) musical number. It would be ridiculous for her to get serious awards attention for this when she could not achieve that with much more interesting roles in Bombshell and Boy Erased.

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    I thought that it’s one of Ryan Murphy’s jokes since Kidman’s character struggle is that she’s just a background character…. like when Tina in Glee jokes about never getting solos.

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    This was such a hot mess, but so much fun.  I genuinely didn’t want it to end.

    Meryl was great. Nicole was fun. Corden should’ve been Titus Burgess.  Watching a gay man play high camp gay is fun, watching a straight man play high camp gay feels mocking.

    Overall, definitely joining Hairspray and Mamma Mia as one of my favorite, fun guilty pleasure musicals.

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    DCurrie
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    I watched “The Prom” this morning, and though I’m not the biggest fan of musicals, it was pretty good. Definitely some cheesy moments, but it was good overall. Great ensemble, and Meryl was simply outstanding! She and Keegan’s chemistry was a joy to watch!

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    There was a good to great 90-min film here, but at over 2 hrs runtime, it felt overlong and tedious in stretches. The editing was so frenetic at times that it played into the best and worst of Ryan Murphy’s excesses. More color, more choreography, more lights, more nondescript white teenagers, more “zazz!” etc. But by the ending, I thought the finale was completely earned and satisfying. I’d give this a rousing Globes reception in the Musical/Comedy field. I also wouldn’t mind Meryl Streep going the distance at the Oscars. She was phenomenal here with the meta-take on her star persona. That fabulous red wig, the outfits, the divatude, the belting, the dancing … in her seventies! It’s really a testament to her immense talent when she elevates nonsense like this. It’s separate from shining in obvious bait where it’s so easy for her to shine. All in for her 22nd Oscar nomination! I don’t know what karmic retribution we’re paying for to have James Corden in as big a role as this with that ridiculous American accent of his and borderline offensive gay posturing, but here we are. Where was Nathan Lane? Nicole Kidman was wasted. It was baffling to me that the Nicole Kidman could exist in a film where she’s a third-rate chorus girl angling for a starring role as Roxie Hart. (Where was Renée Zellweger lol?) Kerry Washington was a big surprise! Had no idea she could sing. Andrew Rannells stole the show in his too few showcases. Keegan-Michael Key did more with the principal role than I expected he would. I wasn’t as taken with the teens, since they lacked that “wow” factor for most of the film. Ariana DeBose and Jo Ellen Pellman have lovely singing voices that will hopefully take them through long and successful theatre careers. Despite the film’s ups and downs and glaringly weak score, I enjoyed it. It was the right film at the right time to ease the fraught collective mood. It works for the holidays, and it’s the kind of film to watch over and over again with families.

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    I only heard the most charming reviews of the stage show and I had my hopes set high for the movie, yet I found it to be an utter disappointment.

    Streep, Kidman and Rannells certainly elevated the film a lot, and without them I think it would have been a real disaster. I think it says a lot about their talents as actors that they were the standouts, even though they were lumped with the worst,and least memorable, songs in the score.

    Like most people, I found Corden’s performance painful to watch. Anyone who questions the need for queer actors in queer roles should be forced to sit through this film.

    The Emma and Alyssa characters were so blandly written, I found it really hard to give a damn about them or their prom. Sorry.

    And far too many songs! I get that it’s a musical but for every good song, there was an absolute stinker.

    Considering the show debuted on Broadway just two years ago, I think Ryan Murphy could have pondered this one some more before declaring that cameras were rolling. But I guess that’s not in Ryan Murphy’s DNA.

    2 stars.

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    Overall, I thought this was okay. I thought Jo Ellen and Ariana were great, they had great chemistry and I definitely want to see what they keep doing. The music was okay, but I didn’t find myself in love with a lot of the songs. My main issue with the movie is I didn’t care for the adults, I didn’t care for their plot or their arcs. I found the story best when it focused on Emma and Alyssa, and I wish their plot had more more screen time in order to be fleshed out and developed. James Corden was cringe, as usual, and the other adult actors were great. It was about 40 minutes too long, though it’s second half is stronger than the first.

    Overall I found it an enjoyable enough watch. It’s message is sweet (if simplistic), and even though it felt over the top, and had too much focus on the adults (in my opinion), it was enjoyable enough.

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    Best Screenplay: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hitman)
    Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan ("Never Rarely Sometimes Always")

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    I don’t think the writers intended that you care for the adults really. I guess in the movie adaptation they sanitized that aspect, so maybe it doesn’t function as well in the story.

    FYC: Michaela Coel and Rosamund Pike

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    Anyone who questions the need for queer actors in queer roles should be forced to sit through this film.

    I’ve watched it twice and I still disagree with the notion that a gay man has to be portrayed by the same. Sexuality is too much of a spectrum and too much of a mutually shared experience, whether you’re straight or queer, to be so restrictive on who can play what. I honestly think whoever coined the term “gayface” should be ashamed for downplaying the real struggles that people who aren’t white or who aren’t cisgender can face in even *visually* being correctly represented, let alone internally.

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    I’ve watched it twice and I still disagree with the notion that a gay man has to be portrayed by the same. Sexuality is too much of a spectrum and too much of a mutually shared experience, whether you’re straight or queer, to be so restrictive on who can play what. I honestly think whoever coined the term “gayface” should be ashamed for downplaying the real struggles that people who aren’t white or who aren’t cisgender can face in even *visually* being correctly represented, let alone internally.

    I think you’re correct there but the problem is that the character Corden is playing is so flamboyant that it comes across as a parody most of the time. It’s just not respectful in any way.
    Big shout-out to Rannells by the way! I just rewatched a few scenes where he is mostly in the background and you could make a whole movie out of only his facial expressions. He and Meryl really devoured the scenery.

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    Lead Actor: Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round)

    Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

    Supporting Actor: Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

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    I’ve watched it twice and I still disagree with the notion that a gay man has to be portrayed by the same. Sexuality is too much of a spectrum and too much of a mutually shared experience, whether you’re straight or queer, to be so restrictive on who can play what. I honestly think whoever coined the term “gayface” should be ashamed for downplaying the real struggles that people who aren’t white or who aren’t cisgender can face in even *visually* being correctly represented, let alone internally.

    Yeah the problem with the only gay men can play gay men argument is that it’ll cause people to say the same about straight roles, which will then be far worse on gay performers than straight ones.

    And again, it’s acting. You shouldn’t be limited to characters that are just your identity. Corden may have been bad, but that doesn’t mean straight actors haven’t succeeded in these types of roles. Andrew Garfield is straight, but his work in Angels in America was so exceptional that nobody seemed to complain when he played a camp gay.

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    This was such a hot mess, but so much fun. I genuinely didn’t want it to end. Meryl was great. Nicole was fun. Corden should’ve been Titus Burgess. Watching a gay man play high camp gay is fun, watching a straight man play high camp gay feels mocking. Overall, definitely joining Hairspray and Mamma Mia as one of my favorite, fun guilty pleasure musicals.

    Hairspray shouldn’t be a guilt pleasure. Sure it’s sappy, but it’s legitimately good.

    Mamma Mia however, is dog shit.

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    Hairspray shouldn’t be a guilt pleasure. Sure it’s sappy, but it’s legitimately good. Mamma Mia however, is dog shit.

    Eh, with lyrics like “But now I’ve tasted chocolate and I’m never going back” written by the two white men, I’m not sure how great it is.

    In regard to the conversation above… I don’t think any actors should accept gay film/tv roles unless they identify with the character on that level to a certain degree, be it a gay love they had when they were younger or whatever. To vet casting based on who is “straight” or “gay” would be wrong when there are myriad reasons any person–actor or not–would want to keep their sexuality private. I think this is more pressing when it comes to film/tv roles since there are so few opportunities in the industry for gay people as it is, whereas with theatre it’s not a “one and done.” I do think there is a personal responsibility and that actors have been irresponsible with some of the roles they’ve taken on in this regard. For me, I don’t object to Blanchett in Carol personally because I don’t think she keeps a closely quartered definition of sexuality and definitely has demonstrated a great understanding of queerness.

    Re: Garfield, plenty of people were upset with his casting in Angels particularly after he made the comment that he’s basically living as a “gay [man]…without the physical act” because he watched Queer Eye with his friends. It was a ludicrous comment to make and definitely showed a lack of consideration for what he was portraying, I think.

    FYC: Michaela Coel and Rosamund Pike

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    The complaints about Garfield were very much few and far between his enormous raves.

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    Straight men can play gay roles if they play it with nuance, sure.  However, a gay man in a gay role can bring a level of truthful experience that a straight actor never could.

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