Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

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Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Review


The Glee phenomenon hits the big screen with this oddly conceived movie, which documents the social phenomenon but reveals nothing about the series or actors beyond the songs they sing.

Made primarily for fans who couldn't attend the summer 2011 tour, this is mainly a concert movie featuring some 20 songs from the TV show. Each main character gets his or her moment in the spotlight as they stir the arena crowd into a frenzy of adoration. Between numbers, we meet fans who have felt the show's impact: sparky high-school cheerleader Janae, who's only incidentally a dwarf; the soulful Trenton, who was forced out as gay in eighth grade; and the reclusive Josie, who has emerged from her shell as a Gleek.

Strangely, the movie never delves into any back-stories. We learn nothing about either the characters or the actors who play them, although we see amusing backstage sketches in which the cast stays in character. Even on-stage, they play their roles, including Paltrow, who turns up for one number as substitute Holly Holliday. Inexplicably, there's no glimpse of either Matthew Morrison or Jane Lynch.

So what we're left with are the songs, which are belted out with a energy and some skill by this lively, likeable cast. Showstoppers include Riley's solo Ain't No Way and her storming duet with Rivera on River Deep, Mountain High.

And Morris is on fire as a dancer (often alongside the equally limber Harry Shim Jr), including in her own number I'm a Slave 4 U. Meanwhile, McHale cuts loose in a fantasy Safety Dance, and Michele and Colfer get the more vocally challenging numbers.

But the film only leaves us wanting to know more about these performers, to see them as themselves rather than the people they play on TV. The film is shot in crisp 3D, but never actually puts it to use. And in the end the movie's most interesting aspect is its glimpse at how the TV show has so effectively captured the zeitgeist of today's generation, people who feel like losers but still have something to say. The way the show has reclaimed the "loser" tag would make a good documentary on its own.



Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

Facts and Figures

Genre: Musical

Run time: 84 mins

In Theaters: Friday 12th August 2011

Box Office USA: $11.9M

Box Office Worldwide: $11.8M

Budget: $9M

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Production compaines: 20th Century Fox

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Fresh: 54 Rotten: 36

IMDB: 5.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Kevin Tancharoen

Producer: Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy

Starring: as Quinn Fabray, as Rachel Berry, as Holly Holliday, as Blaine Anderson, as Kurt Hummel, as Sue Sylvester, as Finn Hudson, as Brittany Pierce, as Artie Abrams, as Sam Evans, as Noah 'Puck' Puckerman, as Santana Lopez, as Mike Chang, as Mercedes Jones, as Tina Cohen-Chang, Ashley Fink as Lauren Zizes, Riker Lynch as Jeff, Curt Mega as Nick, Titus Makin Jr. as David

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