I’m definitely disappointed. I’ve seen so much of the concert footage on You Tube and it looked fantastic. But I’m reminded a bit of the time I saw Cher perform and spent half the concert watching backup dancers while Cher changed outfits between each number. I feel like my time was spent on things I didn’t really care about.
It’s not that I don’t find Glee fans fascinating. I do. When I went to see Darren Criss perform in London, I brought my voice recorder specifically so I could interview his fans in the queue. It’s just that the way the stories and interviews went in the film, it felt like propaganda. It felt like, throughout the whole thing we were being told: Hey, everyone, have you noticed how Glee is a good thing?
You know what? That is exactly the kind of thing makes me want to hate Glee.
I know, I know it. I know the good Glee has done in the lives of countless people. I’ve been personally affected by it, and many of my friends have been too. I have met so many amazing and interesting people through being a fan of Glee. Heck, I have a Glee blog.
The film also made very clear a criticism I’ve heard from others but have never felt myself – the overabundance of Rachel and/or Finn songs. Never, ever have I been bothered by this. And yet when I first heard Jesse’s Girl starting, I groaned. In fact, between the (generous estimate) 20 or so people in the huge, Dublin cinema, the only fan noise I heard was when the Warblers started singing. It was kind of embarrassing how Darren Criss and the Warblers out performed every single member of New Directions. And yet, the Silly Love Songs number would have been much improved by Chris Colfer’s presence. Because we needed more than 10 seconds of Klaine since we got an hour of Finchel.
The less said about Gwyneth Paltrow in the film, the better.
And where was Jane Lynch? We saw her in the trailers, and she was being fantastic, snarky, hilarious.
It was amazing to see everyone in 3D. It really was. I felt like, during the group numbers, that I had the best seat in the house. Oh, and Heather Morris’ boobs. Little known fact: Heather Morris’ boobs are why 3D was invented.* Also, Santana wears white panties and Brittany wears black. Just in case you were wondering.
The Warblers were amazing. Darren Criss (as usual) performed like it was his last chance to perform anywhere, and because of that, I know we’ll be seeing him perform for a very long time to come.
The cast interviews were inspired fun.
But really, it would have been so much better if they’d just shown the entire concert, as it was performed and added the cast interviews in. Maybe some fan chatter from outside the shows. I had half intended to sneak off and see it again at my local cinema (I’d already booked tickets in Dublin by the time I found out they were showing it here) but now? Maybe if they let me in free.
Oh, and if you’re going to see it, the credits where you’re being slushied? They’re not the end of the film. There’s a really good group number after it and most of the audience left before it happened. Like, at least 12 of them. I only stayed because I was really enjoying being slushied in 3D.
*not actually true.