Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
This review first appeared in the Sunday Star Times, 14th August 2011
There’s no need to preface this with an explanation of what Glee is all about – either you’re a fan of the hugely popular musical TV series, or you’re not. If you love nothing more than singing along to the a capella version of “Teenage Dream” and swoon every time Finn and Rachel launch into “Don’t Stop Believing”, you’ll be eagerly awaiting the opportunity to do just that – on the big screen, and in 3D.
Whereas each TV episode follows a plot (even if it revolves around little more than who Quinn is dating this week, and what dastardly plan Sue Sylvester has up her tracksuit sleeve), the movie wisely forgoes a story in favour of a full-blown concert experience. Thus we get all our favourite hits from the series, performed by almost the full cast and the odd special guest. It’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement right from the first song.
As with Michael Jackson’s unintentional This Is It, however, this concert video-cum-documentary takes time out from the performance, here introducing us to real-life, self-proclaimed Gleeks – those who have overcome disability or alienation thanks to strength obtained through the example of Glee. It’s actually quite touching that a TV show can bring inspiration and self-worth to the kids of America (and doubtless the world). While some may find it conveniently saccharine, they wouldn’t be the ones watching Glee. And so, with costume changes galore, fantastic dance numbers and a hilarious clip of a very young fan, The 3D Concert Movie is everything you hope for – and yes, Britney’s boobs do look great in 3D.