Friday, February 4, 2011
Absolute Beginners-1986 British, starring David Bowie, Patsy Kensit, and Eddie O'Connell
Lenny says- Energetic, original musical set in London, 1958, when teenagers first came into their own. Highly stylized film suffers from two dimensional characters and a misguided attempt to add substance by dealing with the rise of racism in England....but its virtues almost outweigh its shortcomings. Pulsating score supervised by jazz great Gil Evans; musical highlights from Sade and jazz veteran Slim Gaillard. And don't miss that incredible opening shot! Adapted from Colin MacInnes' 1959 novel. 2 and a half stars.
I say- God, where do I begin with this one???? I really HATED this movie. I love David Bowie, but he's done much better work, such as Labyrinth. They broke the biggest rule with musicals in this movie, which is the songs need to be catchy. I just finished it and can't remember a single song. BOMB.