Action Movie Musicals

Tags: Music

Following the success of our Star Wars albums - each reaching number one in several countries around the world - we took our outside of the box thinking to the world of home cinema

A lot of movies are tough to be improved on: Terminator, Predator, Jaws, what are these three films all missing? For many, the answer would be 'nothing'. 

However, we think it's pretty clear what's needed to spice these films up: jazz hands, lycra and a whole load of sequins. Oh, and a stage.

The Good

His cast of dinosaurs really are as good as dino-actors as you will find; I was on the edge of my seat the entire time wondering if they really were going to eat me alive or not. This made the viewing a tense but strangely enjoyable experience. I say, if dinosaurs are this much fun - go ahead and bring them back from extinction.

The Bad

They do say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and while this was a T-Rexcellent attempt at imitating the classic, unfortunately that’s all it was – and a poor imitation at that. The director takes a classic and serves up two hours of mediocrity. 

The Good

The cyborg moves effortlessly from scene to scene, keeping up an explosive energy throughout every dance routine and song. The magical ‘Come With Me If You Want To Live’ was a particular highlight, which saw the Terminator and a collective of backing dancers shimmy and body pop across the stage with a fiery pizzazz. It was so good, I’ll be back.

The Bad

The cast and crew should be targeted for termination! I was bored the entire way through after watching a stale and repetitive performance. I might be back to the theatre, but I won’t be back to see this. 

The Good  

It’s a shark and to-the-point interpretation of the film. It’s much, much better than the other fishy musicals out there at the moment and makes Shark Trek and The Shaw-Shark Redemption look like they’ve been written and directed by drunk toddlers. Go and see it – it’s jawsome.

The Bad

While the take on the 70s classic was a heroic attempt to bring tense false alarms and those terrifying monster moments to the stage, the execution lacked lustre. The director has tried to use his years of theatrical wisdom to bring you a rollercoaster ride musical, but fails somewhat due to limited time and space. I think it comes down to the fact that if you’re going to pack so many ideas into an hour and a half - you’re going to need a bigger stage.

 

The Good

They do say if it bleeds you can kill it; well, they killed it. It’s a sleek and high-energy performance given by a group of talents who trained for their role in this musical by actually going into the jungle for several weeks. Despite the singing and dancing the machismo and thrills aren’t lost. This is a wonderful hybrid of testosterone laced thriller and family-fun.

The Bad

I do enjoy a certain amount of action in musicals, but I wasn’t just nicely on the edge of my seat, I was leaping off it as it blew up behind me; I feel like that really is one step too far. If it sings we can kill – please do.

 

The Good

1.21 jiga-watt the hell was that? It was SUBLIME! What an absolute masterpiece of theatre. The set designers are to be congratulated on creating such an authentic atmosphere, the actors also are to be praised for providing such magical entertainment and the director – Scott. Great Scott, really great work. 

The Bad

If there was a big book of rules on how not to stage a musical, this would be it. The space-time continuum translates badly when presented on stage, and the props look like they have been dragged out of the nearest primary school play – no one can go back in time in a car made from cardboard. If only the Doc would invent a time machine so I could go back and un-see this.   

The Good

The show benefits from Robocop being played by an actual robot; it gives a certain authenticity to his performance that is so hard to come by in run-of-the-mill robot musicals these days. His highly energetic performance is hypnotic and really does leave you wondering whether this character before you does have a soft, human side after all. You should certainly find time to go and see it. Whether you do or not is your move, Creep.

The Bad

This is a musical that is so offensive to the senses I might plan physical vengeance on the director. The costume design was ghastly – no one wants to see a grown man parading around wrapped up in tin foil like an overgrown Christmas turkey. 

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