As mentioned yesterday, I went to see Glee the 3D Concert Movie after work with a friend. I had already seen the concert back in June, but had pretty faraway seats, and my friend hadn’t attended the concert.
The movie blends performances from the concert, behind the scenes “in character” footage and some stories of real people. The performances were fantastic. It was just as I remembered it from the concert, only now I could actually see their faces! I think the best part of it was watching all the dancing up close. I knew that Heather Morris (Brittany) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) were fantastic dancers, but seeing them “in 3D”, live & up close, you really get to appreciate their crisp moves and amazing talent.
The stories of real people followed 3 different stories and, personally, I could probably have done without it. I get the reasoning behind it… to show some stories of real Gleeks and how they’ve overcome their “outcast” ways and maybe it’s a good way to show to the people watching the movie how to accept people who are different… but these people probably already know that! The fans of Glee are the ones that would be going to see the movie! They get the stories of acceptance and tolerance from the show every week. Yes, the stories were touching and your heart really goes out to these people (especially Trenton, who was outed in grade 8 by an extremely embarrassing situation) but the segments could have been a little shorter I guess. Plus there was a LOT of concert footage of talking to basically the same bunch of people about either who their favourite character was, or getting them to do the L sign.. took up actual concert footage time, which is what we paid over $17 for to see in 3D! (Tho we did get a poster when we walked in.)
Maybe one of my favourite parts was the segments with Mini Warbler.. if you haven’t seen his viral videos on Youtube, Mini Warbler is a young boy who is dressed up like one of the Warblers and sings along, complete with facial expressions and movements, to Blaine while the scene is playing on TV behind him. Here he is singing Teenage Dream, the video that made him an almost household name. (Cutest thing ever!)
All that being said, and being a big Gleek myself, it pains me not to give this movie a better mark…
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars)