i am (generally) not a fan of musicals
I almost wrote "by rule, I am not a fan of musicals," but since the exceptions to that rule originally numbered three, and now number four, my buddy told me that's more of a trend than a rule. On Wednesday afernoon we went to see Rent
and I was warned that I would cry. I said, "but I cry at everything," and my buddy said something to the effect of "even I
cry" and she doesn't tend to cry at anything so I momentarily thought, "oh crap, maybe I just shouldn't go" if there was going to be so much crying. But then I remembered that we so rarely go out and do things, so I'd best go. I'm glad I did, and I did cry. She said, "just don't weep
" and I didn't, but I could have, if I were a weeper.
Anyway, I'm one of those people who saw the movie without any preconceived notion of what it should be. I've never seen the play, and to my knowledge I've never heard the songs. I didn't even really know the story. I know, I know, but see above re: I am not a fan of musicals. I liked it a lot. The first twenty minutes or so was a little stilted, or sketchy, or something just a bit off, but I attribute that to trying to shove a musical into a film. Or, it could have just been me. But after that it was two really good hours of movie, so there you go. I did most of my crying in the second half. I was actually a little concerned because I wasn't
crying, but then when it got really freaking sad I cried appropriately. My buddy, who has seen the stage version three times with various casts, said she liked the movie better than on-stage, even if they took some stuff out and moved some things around.