Friday, February 4, 2011

Absolute Beginners

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.


  1. I don't agree very very good songs , produced by Gil Evans. a masterpiece that didn't get the appreciation it deserve

  2. Which is exactly why I'm doing this "experiment,"--to show how people have wildly different movie tastes. Cheers!