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1.0 out of 5 stars High Society it ain't!, 22 April 2002
This review is from: Hair [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
Hair has to be one of the oddest musicals ever made. On the surface, it declares its 60s radical liberal consciousness, and yet at the films heart, there is a old-fashioned smaltzy poor-boy-meets-poor-rich-girl story. It's not dissimilar to Love Story. The love interest is too slight and corny to be of interest and the political issues never rise above vague sloganeering.

It is incredible that the director, none other than Milos Forman, made Hair between One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus.

As this is a musical, perhaps we shouldn't take it too seriously, although I suspect Kurt Weill and Bertholt Brecht make take issue with that. But lets look at the musical aspect of this film. Aquarius and Good Morning Starshine have a cheesy appeal, but the rest of the songs are tone death rubbish that has dated badly. Things do not improve with the choreography which has so little artistry that the dancing looks like it is being improvised before the camera. I vainly hoped that Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron would bounce onto the set and give the dancing some desperately needed style and elegance. I suppose the one good thing about this musical is that it makes you appreciate Lloyd Webber a bit more, and that is hardly meant as a recommendation.
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2008, 15:34:21 BST
Ross Gowland says:
>>I vainly hoped that Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron would bounce onto the set...<<

Oh did you? Did you really? You were hoping Gene Kelly would bounce in, were you? Really? Really, really? Triple really? Well, I'm sure Roland Barthes and King Leopold of the Belgians would take issue with that.

Posted on 7 Oct 2008, 13:06:06 BST
Nice to see that you were open-minded enough to follow the story, appreciate the sentiments in the songs and understand the characters. Can't wait to see your reviews for the Chipmunks and Wicked. I suppose you'll pronounce them masterpieces.
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