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Much More Entertaining Than You Might Think
on 8 June 2010
"Jesus Christ Superstar" is my favourite score of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice partnership. It is so full of raw energy, although if you listen to the soundtrack album rather than see the film, you notice the performance energy is not quite so high here as it is on the original concept album.
The film is made like a long pop video but, unlike a pop video, it is deeply moving when it needs to be: in the the Garden of Gethsemane and the Last Supper. All the artists perform well. Most of the photography is stunning and a lot of the images are very powerful, for example: the priests seeming to hover in the air like crows and Judas' entry into the "Jesus Cjrist Superstar" number.
I think this performance is actually more enjoyable than one or two others that are available on DVD. These seem worthy in performance rather than exciting, which this performance really is. It is the excitement and energy of this piece that makes it and you do get this here.
You also get, as extras, an interesting commentary from the director, Norman Jewison, and Ted Neely, who plays Jesus plus an interview with Sir Tim Rice about how the piece came to be written. Recommended.