Just got home from seeing the film version of Jonathan Larson’s musical Rent. It isn’t kosher to review films before the date of release, so I won’t comment on the movie itself just yet. But for what it’s worth, I reviewed the live theatrical version for BC Christian News seven years ago, and I hadn’t seen, heard or thought about it at all since then — so it was interesting how, at a couple points in the film, the characters would sing a line that made me think, “Oh, yeah, I remember quoting that one…”
NOV 18 UPDATE: Oh, one irony about last night’s screening just occurred to me. Before the movie, I bumped into a couple that I used to hang out with a fair bit when I attended another church some 10 to 15 years ago, not too long before I saw that stage version of Rent; today, he’s a pastor at one of those churches that meets in a movie theatre. And then, after the movie, I bumped into an editor that I’ve only just started writing for, and we talked about my in-progress first assignment for her. The characters in this musical keep singing lines like, “There is no future, there is no past,” but I seemed to run into both of those things last night!