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Hedwig blows the doors off every movie this summer!, August 9, 2001
Reviewer: Jerry Aldini from Los Angeles, CA
Probably the most thoughtful and artistic film to come out this summer (if not this year). Musically and visually, it accomplishes what Moulin Rouge did with a fraction of the budget. Full of humor and pathos, this film explores the most basic of human emotions- one of which being the simple search for love and acceptance. However, it does so without ever being preachy or heavy-handed. John Cameron Mitchell has created one of the most mature "first films" (in terms of his directorial confidence) I've seen in a long time. In a summer full of mind-numbing [stuff], it is refreshing to see a film that makes you think and feel to the extent that "Hedwig" does. (Unless you count the feelings of complete despair and sadness that accompany any viewing of "Planet Of The Apes" or "Tomb Raider.")
An Oscar worthy indie, one of the great alternative musicals, August 6, 2001
Reviewer: ddelzell (see more about me) from Chicago, IL United States
An Oscar worthy indie film, one of the greatest alternative musicals in film history. Based on the stage play of the same title, the story follows the life of Hansel; who adopts his mothers' name Hedwig following a botched sex-change operation in order to escape the musically and sexually repressed East German state. Hedwig follows his/her life in search of love, finding only disappointment and betrayal, from an American GI to her protege Tommy Gnosis. In the search for love, Hedwig finds not only its' origin, but its' destination as well. Steven Trask gives the film its' soul in his musical compositions as well as lending his voice to the character of Tommy Gnosis. John Cameron Mitchell directed and stars as Hedwig showing a range of talent that it is hoped will be displayed in future stage and film work. Miriam Shor shines as backup vocalist Yitzhak. Finally, Andrea Martin gives a performance that backs up her standing as one of the great comedians of our time. All four of these performers deserve Oscar consideration one of the truly innovative film muscials of recent memory. Certainly the songs "Wicked Little Town" and "The Origin of Love" should be considered for Best Song. This film isn't for everyone, and does have its uneven moments. The ending may leave you scratching your head, but is ultimatly satisfying with reflection. See it twice and add it to your video library when it's available. You won't soon forget this film!
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