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While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Mels finds these brazen 'hipsters' shocking until he falls under the spell of one, namely Polly, and joins the new revolution. Soon he's a peacock, cavorting in the latest flashy fashions, sporting an enormous pompadour and wailing on the saxophone. Written by
I loved this musical for its dream-team of actors, who performed quite up to the expectations. And I loved it for its simple and at the same time heart-touching humor. When Katya casually performed her "from saxophone to knife" gag, I was laughing out loud. And there are quite a few of such moments.
I find the plot painfully believable. It is definitely not one of those movies where they give you fun visuals while the actors are doing completely random things. All the actions are well motivated here. Although the scene before maternity hospital seemed a little doubtful to me at first, but after recalling the father's past and consulting with some friends of mine I agreed with them in that it's quite believable. One would normally expect more grotesque and arbitrariness in a musical, but somehow the screen writers decided to stay down to earth.
The music and songs are scrupulously arranged by Meladze. Although I appreciate his hard work, I cannot agree with some of the decisions made. Anyone knows this feeling, when you listen to a remix of a well-known melody it's almost the same, but somehow it's not the same. Here we have even some of the lyrics changed. I think that most of the songs turned for the worst, some stayed quite OK, and few of them Well, it was like finding a new dimension to a place you thought you knew very well for years.
I'll take one star off this film for the reason of music. And I'll take one star off because of the plot. I wish it were more fairy-tale, as I am somewhat tired of this painful tragicomedy. I also know that some the film's logic is inevitably lost when watched by a foreigner, but I am not going to take off any stars for this reason. After all, this is not a detective story, and the logic may not be so important here. We usually watch musicals just for the sake of emotions, and the "Hipsters" will give you a whole lot of deep, sincere and beautiful feelings.
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