Not the movie version, but the LIVE ON BROADWAY version (in HD!)
I hated it. Virtually every second of it.
Ok, I lied. I watched 1.5 hours of RENT. There’s still other 1.5 hours to go. But the Oscars called.
I bought the cast album of RENT as soon as it came out in 96. And I gave it away a week later. I just couldn’t get into it.
I’ve avoided it ever since. Finally, last night, I threw caution to the wind and ordered an On-Demand performance in my living room for $10.
What I saw were overly toned actors with perfect smiles, fancy haircuts and blinding white teeth, whining about how evil “the man” is for pissing on their Bohemian lifestyles. And all I could think is, “Get a job, stop complaining, and pay your rent. That’s life. Do your art thing on the side. And if you chose to play your guitar or film your shitty movie or take drugs rather than pay your rent, don’t complain about being homeless. Because that’s your own damn fault. Squatters.”
It also didn’t help that every line uttered by the smiley cast was treated like a mini rock concert.
Perhaps I’ll choke down the remaining $5 later this week.
That said, I’d prefer RENT over another edition of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL any day.
I’m sorry, Hugh Jackman: The musical is pretty much dead these days.