Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Starring: Diane Agron, Lea Michele, Corey MonteithThe prospect of a Glee concert movie is not appealing to everyone, in fact it’s probably not appealing to most people; but that hasn’t stopped them from making one for the ‘gleeks’ out there. For the uninitiated, ‘gleeks’ are the geeks who like Glee… I think…
The tv show has been a hit partly due to the music, but its broader appeal is certainly for the witty, occasionally hilarious dialogue. This is eschewed in its guise as a concert movie however, and the only thing we’re left with is the cheesy aspect that sometimes has you cringing in front of the tv.
Billed as a documentary, the show’s stars remain in character throughout, even when offstage, which is somewhat disappointing as it would have been interesting to get an idea of what their lives are like riding the Glee rollercoaster. The only real life we’re treated to are a few interspersed pieces about some fans of the show; a dwarf cheerleader, a gay teen and a young girl with Asperger’s Syndrome, who tell us how the tv series has helped them in life. It attempts to be well meaning but it is a bit sickly sweet, or perhaps I’m just a cynic.
The heart of a concert film should be, of course, the music, and when you get past all the flim flam, 3D, and crazy camera angles, what we’re left with is a bunch of kids on stage ‘singing’ other people’s songs. A few of them can sing, the rest are auto-tuned to almost Daft Punk levels; another couple of them can dance and one of them is in a wheelchair, except for one song when, I would imagine very confusingly for anyone who doesn’t watch the tv show, he gets up and dances.
This is really the crux of Glee: The 3D concert movie. If you don’t watch Glee the tv series, this is not for you. If you’re not in on the joke, tough, nobody is going to fill you in. For a show about inclusiveness, the movie is aimed at a very exclusive audience indeed.
While we’re treated to some good tunes and a high energy show, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie really only be enjoyed by hardcore gleeks; and if you don’t know what that means, you can rest assured it doesn’t mean you.