Thursday, October 04, 2007
The boys and I went to see Hairspray (2007) over at Airport West yesterday and can report that it is good. It is just short of two hours long and the first hour does drag a bit but the second hour flies by. The boys loved it and the older one even allowed that it makes Highschool Musical look a bit shabby.
We watched the DVD of Hairspray (1988) later in the day and it stands up very well. Divine is no John Travolta, mind you, but John Travolta is most definitely no Divine (or divine for that matter).
The older movie's low(ish) budget was actually very well managed and its 1963 feel was extremely good. To give the new movie its due, though, its view of 1963 is much, much larger and almost flawless. Comparison is quite unfair on both movies, though, because they never had even similar aspirations.
HS2007 - 8.0/10.0 (maybe 8.5 if it hadn't dragged a bit to begin)
HS1988 - 8.0/10.0 (maybe less if it hadn't gotten the schlock right)
If you enjoy either, you should enjoy the other.
Just One Guy's Opinion™.