Who can say no to a sappy singalong?

Review of Jersey Boys, Directed and Produced by Clint EastwoodWho doesn’t like musicals? Only curmudgeons. And you’d have to be pretty curmudgeonly not to like Jersey Boys, with its rags-to-riches storyline and its feel-good, doo-wopping songs. Heck, it’s hard not to sing along. Clint Eastwood brings this Broadway-Hollywood hybrid to the silver screen, and he does a good—if not spectacularly original—job of telling the story of the rise and demise of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons.The … [Read more...]

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Heckling

Review of NBC's The Sound of Music Live, Directed by Beth McCarthy-MillerLast Thursday night, millions of Americans tuned their TV sets to NBC to witness a classical Broadway musical being broadcast live for the first time in almost half a century. The Sound of Music Live netted monster ratings—the best NBC has had in years. Twitter exploded. Pretty much every news and entertainment site has weighed in on the merits (and demerits) of the production. It was nothing short of a pop culture p … [Read more...]

Les Miserable, a second take

Review of Les Miserables, Directed by Tom HooperBy COYLE NEAL“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33I went into Les Miserables without having read the book or seen the musical or previous film adaptations (though I have read The Hunchback of Notre Dame), so please be aware that this is a review by a noob. That said, the movie is fantastic. While of course I can’t speak to whether or not it is faithful to th … [Read more...]

Grace Accepted; Grace Rejected—A Review of Les Misérables

Review of Les Misérables, Directed by Tom HooperBy ALEXIS NEALAfter years of imprisonment and hard labor, one-time thief Jean Valjean is finally released from prison, only to discover that, for an ex-con life on the outside is harder than he expected. When the Bishop of Digne unexpectedly takes pity on him, Valjean promptly repays the Bishop’s kindness by making off with all the silver he can carry. Valjean is apprehended by the authorities, of course, but the Bishop insists that the si … [Read more...]