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This icon and a conversation with a friend who's hugely into a recently released film adaptation of a musical about New Yorkers (a musical which was an adaptation of an opera (an opera which was an adaptation of a medium-length story) about fin de siecle Paris) spurred me to finally sum up what it is that seems to rub me wrong about Rent.

Would it have been worth while
If one, settling a pillow, or throwing off a shawl,
And turning toward the window, should say:
``That is not it at all,
That is not what I meant, at all.''


Sorry. Been there, done that. You don't sing songs about it, you don't do song and dance numbers.
It doesn't work that way.
That is not it, at all.

If you like the movie, great! I don't, for the same reason you probably don't meet many Japanese fans of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado.
  • I don't think "there shouldn't be a musical number" was the point of the post. ;)

    I think it was more along the lines of "A heartwarming, feel good story about a guy with AIDS is wrong" was the point.

    Then again, I am sort of in the camp that believes that La Boheme is sort of tacky from a certain perspective anyway. :)
  • (no subject) -
    • Granted I have not seen the film, and I spent a good portion of watching the show gabbing with friends because it was forced on me by school...but the way the commercials and the selections we had to sing portrayed it, my perspective was a sort of different if that's the case.
    • I cryed sporadically all the way through and for a good ten minutes afterwards as well. I didn't see it as heartwarming. I saw it as trying to make the epidemic real for a mass audience. I definately thought of my dead as I watched; dead of all kinds. I think that's part of the power of it. If you can get straight couples weeping for a dead drag queen, that is a step forward, however you feel about the movie. They did wep in the showing I saw, not just the gay couples, but the straight ones.

      This is in no way to invalidate how you feel about it. I definately think the advertising trivialized the subject and I can see how the whole thing may hurt.
  • And I agree with all you just said, but what I had read was "if you were in this situation, YOU WOULD NOT SING ABOUT IT." (Which I also agree with. My point is merely that it's not impossible for that disjunct to be used artistically. I certainly am not claiming Rent does or does not pull that off as I have no way to know.) I admit freely I was responding to a specific piece of what I saw and not the final point of "I don't like Rent," which of course, is fine by me. :)

    -R
    • (I think I was arguing because I was low-blood sugar. Please forgive.)

      And yes, I can see the artistic merit in your argument.
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