Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt

Adapted from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theater hit, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" tells the story of an 'internationally ignored' rock singer, Hedwig and her search for freedom and love. Born a boy named Hansel, whose life dream is to find his other half, Hedwig reluctantly submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American G.I. and get over the Berlin Wall to freedom. The operation is botched, leaving her with the aforementioned angry inch. From East Berlin, she sets off for Kansas City with hopes of becoming a famous rocker. Finding herself high, dry and divorced in a Kansas trailer, Hedwig pushes to form a rock band, The Angry Inch. While supporting herself with babysitting gigs, she falls for a 16-year-old Jesus freak she renames Tommy Gnosis. Tommy steals her songs and becomes the rock star Hedwig always dreamed she'd be. Refusing to be defeated, she fiercely performs in crumbling theme restaurants seeking recognition and retribution.

First of all, this is one of the best movies out there. This is a review of the movie and not of the play. This movie is just so good, that it is hard not to say too much about it to ruin the movie for you.

I am not a fan of musicals at all, but the telling of part of the story through the songs in this movie worked so well. It was not a person making toast, and they burst out in a song about it. It was not all upbeat and happy children dancing around. The songs were little dirty and grittier from an adult audience. The songs are awesome in the movie.

John Cameron Mitchell was incredible at playing Hedwig. He did the triple threat of directing, writing and starring in this movie, and it work out wonderfully. There was not a bad part or section in the whole movie. His make-up and costumes were literally clothes that I want to see people in everyday life. I loved them all. The best part of all was the main Farah Faucet blonde wig that he wears in the movie. That is the coolest wig of all time. The likeness of the wig was used for Lil in Squidbillies.

The rest of cast was wonderful. Andrea Martin does no wrong in my book. I love her in everything. She is always so good and so funny. This role was no exception at all. She was so much of a mother figure to the Hedwig and the band. The band was the real band that created the music for the stage show.

This is one movie that I wish that they would hurry up and release it on blue-ray already. If you have not seen this movie at all, then by all means go out and watch it. It is so good. This is one to add to your collection. Enjoy.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) Trailer

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