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Friday, August 12, 2011

entertainme: review "glee: the 3d concert movie"

In the world of movie releases, autumn is known for the rollout of possible awards nominated releases.  Summer, of course, is always great for those big superhero movies where you leave thinking “Man, if only I had a superpower and a pair of tights.”

There are movies, though, like "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" which fits it perfectly, any time of year, but especially summer. It’s like a cool slushie for your mood on a hot, humid day.

If you are a Gleek than there is no need to even read this review. By now, the theatres have been open for several hours and you have already seen the film at least once. You cried and you posted your love on Twitter and Facebook.

For you non-Gleeks (geek+ “Glee” fan) this review really is for you.

If you haven't seen "Glee" the television series and you're going with people who are HUGE fans (as most "Glee" fans are) you might be concerned that you'll miss some inside jokes, but no worries, the “Glee: the 3D Concert Movie” is enjoyable for both Gleeks and non-Gleeks. As a non-regular viewer of “Glee” on Fox, know that some things might confuse you, i.e. why Artie, the kid in the wheelchair can suddenly rise up and dance, but just go with it. If you leave the theatre feeling uplifted, go buy the DVD’s and it will all make sense.

Shot earlier this summer by director Kevin Tancharoen ("Fame") over the course of two concert dates at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey, “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” contains behind the scenes conversations with the New Directions singers, interspersed with concert footage and interviews with “Glee” fans. (The scene with Rachel's character in her dressing room as she discovers some news is hysterical.) While “Don’t Stop Believing” is always a good mood enhancer, it’s the interviews with the fans that are touching—the gay student who was outed and then felt empowered watching “Glee," identifying with Kurt’s struggles with the same issue, the girl who struggled with Asperger’s syndrome who began to overcome her shyness when she started watching “Glee” and was inspired by Brittany’s character on the show.

If you are a purist, the interstitial interviews may be distracting, but if you are a fan of the show, it’s inspiring to see people just like you and how their lives have changed because of the show.

Fans may be disappointed to see that some of their favorite adult characters are missing from the concert but it doesn’t take away from the fact that the music is uplifting and while the show is on hiatus for the summer, “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” fills that void nicely.

The 3-D action isn't as noticeable as if say, the characters were doing somersaults towards you but the upgrade to 3D does give the theatre audience the sense of being there.

Will you feel happy when you see “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie”? Yes, there is no question. Yes, absolutely, you will.  There’s catchy music, your favorite “Glee” characters, uplifting stories, a mini-Warbler and a surprise guest. It’s pure summer fun.

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