Saturday, April 01, 2006


Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles in laughter in strife. In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love... seasons of love.

The musical movie reunites most of the original cast in the Broadway production, making it a pretty accurate film version in terms of having the right persons play the roles they've already become familiar with. Telling the life of a struggling group of Bohemians in the East Village of New York City, having the musical immortalized on celluloid enabled the production to reach out to commercial masses at the price of a movie ticket.

Dealing primarily with the love and lives of these friends, we cover all grounds with gay, lesbian and heterosexual love, and treading upon themes like drug use and AIDS. You have Jon-Bon-Jovi look/sound-alike rocker Roger Davis (Adam Pascal), with a scarred emotional drug filled ex-relationship getting it on with exotic-dancer-with-current-drug-use-problem Mimi Marquez (Rosario Dawson), aspiring filmmaker Mark Cohen (Anthony Rapp) whose ex-girlfriend Maureen Johnson (Idina Menzel) left him for her butch lover lawyer Joanne Jefferson (Tracie Thoms), and two gay buddies Tom Collins (Jesse L Martin) and Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia) who meet by chance when Tom was mugged on the streets. They sure ain't no Brady Bunch, with serious adult issues to grapple with, like urm, paying their rent on time?

However it doesn't bore with the issues, and entertains with the many (at least 20) musical numbers. so much so that almost each time a cast member opens his/her mouth, they come out singing. Which for a minute, might seem a bit out of place, but then you forget you're watching a musical on film, a made for a 3-D world put flat on a 2-D screen. It compensates somewhat though by having the camera constantly move to give the illusion of space.

Perhaps the themes and character lifestyle didn't appeal to me, so I didn't really dig the storyline, though I didn't really dislike it either. Some plots degenerate into the usual A-meets-B, A-loses-B, A-reconciles-with-B. Notice I didn't use boy-girl, as the same plot gets rehashed for most of the characters, which made it seem like groundhog with different characters.

Live Life, Love All, sounds like a Hard Rock Cafe slogan. Sure I enjoyed the music, and the visuals which accompanied the music, but that's about it. By the time the heartwarming ending rolled in, I was too jaded by it all to care too much.

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