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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.
  • It's a dicey proposition to write musicals on something that... vicious is the word that comes to mind. I think I'd be annoyed right off the bat that someone (or a whole bunch of someones) would be making money off of it, but maybe that's a simplistic view to take. I just wouldn't want someone speaking for me in a happy, bouncy, dancey sort of way unless there was something much, much deeper in the production that sort of, I don't know, evened out the whole thing. I somehow get the impression that Rent does not have that; sounds like it's all fun and games, song and dance. Does that really make people aware that something which was big fucking news in the 80s is STILL big fucking news now and sadly will continue to be in the foreseeable future?

    I can handle laughing at death, at mortality in general. But stuff like this, when it gets specialized and pointed, I don't know, even if it's something I personally have no experience with. My feathers get ruffled every time I hear a "damn, I could've made so much $$$ selling my kidney on the black market!" line, or derivatives of such on TV/movies/comedy, but I suppose I do a good job of blowing it off.
    • Actually, Rent is very little fun and games, and tons of angst. It's about a group of friends who are starving artists and musicians, and suffering from various problems (disease, addiction, failure ...). The only fun and games parts are when the rare good thing happens and they try to make the most out of it.

      Though I resisted it for years and years it was finally pushed on me by someone I respect about 4 years ago, and IMHO it's not bad at all.
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