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There are no words to describe how wonderful...
To start off, let me explain that I am a huge RENTHead. I have been obsessed with the show for many years and have been counting down to this movie since I heard it was even going to be made. I have checked IMDb along with every blog site or anything containing any RENT information throughout the months leading up to RENT. I was more then excited.
As it neared the movie's release date I began to see negative reviews by many magazines and newspapers. I realized going into this movie that not everyone in America was going to enjoy it, in fact, knowing the story so well and some American's mindsets I did not expect an amazing box office turnout. The reviews were very concerning, and though I was still very excited I went in with it expecting to not be blown away but still appreciate it because it was RENT, my obsession.
I had hoped for the best for months and heard through the blogs from the cast and Chris Columbus (the director) only positive things and how true Columbus was staying to Jonathon Laron's message and original story, which is something I was very concerned with and pleased to hear. Seeing the movie, though, was an experience all in itself. I was moved to tears, laughed quite hard, and felt as if my life had been changed for the better after the movie had ended. I have seen the show on Broadway 4 times, going to be 5 soon, and always cry at certain points and leave the show a better person. I began the show with tears in my eyes for the facts that I was seeing something I had awaited for months and because Seasons of Love is so powerful and you know you are beginning to see an experience that is going to change you in more ways than one. I was a little worried as it began for the beginning is a bit slow. However, once we get to the "Tango Maureen" number it was only one amazing ride from then on. I could not stop smiling and laughing during La Vie Boheme, Idina and Tracie's voices blew me away along with Columbus's genius during "Take me or Leave me", I could not stop crying during "Life Support" and from "Without You" to the end of the film I was in hysterics.
This movie does more than tell a story, it shares Larson's message of love and its importance and treasuring each day. There really is "no day but today" and as we learn from the relationships in this film, love is blind and to truly love and be loved is the greatest thing in this world. In the words of Chris Columbus "Thank you Jonathon Larson" and now, after seeing this film, thank you Chris Columbus.