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A period piece movie but still powerful,
This review is from: Tommy  [DVD] (DVD)
With its typically over -the-top production by Ken Russell and big musical arrangements of the originally sparse songs, Tommy is something of a decadent 70s interpretation of Pete Townsend's' rock opera. Despite this, it is still excellent and thought provoking, mainly due to Townsend's superb songs and mind-blowing story as well as a fine, often unheralded lead performance by Roger Daltrey.
Tommy tells the story of a traumatised "death, dumb and blind kid" who is horrifically abused by various family members and supposed cure healers. He is then amazingly cured as an adult and is elevated to something of a Messiah figure, a role he ultimately, spectacularly rejects.
Russell's film looks at the themes of religion, the exploitation of Tommy as a product and so much more with one-song cameos by many of the stars of the day such as Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson and Paul Nicholas. All of this adds to the sense of decadence to the movie which, although a period piece, is still powerful today due to Townsend's amazing vision and Daltrey's believable performance.