Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Shrek The Musical - Basement Matinee

This week's movie... Shrek The Musical

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Stage productions are cool, and musicals are 20% percent cooler... even if its recorded for broadcast... last fall I absolutely loved the 40th Anniversary broadcast of the Rocky Horror Show... so when I saw that Shrek The Musical was on Netflix this past week I instantly set aside some time to watch it.

For those of you who may not know... Shrek is the story of an ogre whose swamp becomes invaded with refugee Fairy Tale creatures, and to get rid of them he strikes a deal with the ruler of the land to retrieve a princess who he ends up falling in love with, with a moral that beauty isn't necessarily skin deep. Okay yeah that's the bare bones version of the plot, but its 2016, there's been four movies (5 counting Puss In Boots), numerous TV specials and video games and if you don't know what the plot is... then you must be under a rock much better than mine.

But I'm not talking about the movies, I'm talking about the Musical... which while similar to the first film in terms of when things take place, since it's a Broadway production (by way of Seattle), there are a number of dialog changes, additional songs and even some 'added backstory' to Shrek, Fiona and Lord Farquaad (the explanation for why he's short) is

Now obviously with this being a taped production, the time difference of showing costume changes isn't really shown with Sutton Foster as Fionna who had to go back and forth from normal human to her ogre form a couple of times, but it very stunning to see, as the costumes were incredible in my view. I know some reviews say that the Shrek costume did a lot to suppress the performance of Brian d'Arcy James, but from what I saw it didn't in any way hinder his performance.

So what's the recommendation here? Well if you're looking for a fun way to spend a couple of hours, it's quite an enjoyable experience. You don't need to have seen the first film to enjoy it. It is currently on Netflix, or you can find the DVD on Amazon

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