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This is my favorite musical, and it didn't let me down!
I've been watching the original movie version since i was a little kid, I've seen the Broadway show, and this was amazing. Although there were a few things i would have liked to be different, you just can't deny the energy the show puts out there; it really is amazing. They did cut a couple of songs (ones i really like!), but the flow was really good and i even enjoyed 99.9% of the casting. I must admit i was skeptical of Zac Efron, and assumed he was only in it because of High School Musical, but he really was very good in the role. John Travolta was ..meh.. i wasn't crazy about his accent, but he pulled it off in the end. I do wish they had cast Harvey Firestein again in the role...why not?!?! Having cameos of the original movie cast in the re-make was really fun. All in all, i will Definitely be seeing this in the theater again, and buying the DVD too! You just can't stop the motion....
it was pretty good, however did have some MAJOR book differences
The acting in the movie was enjoyable, and they all did an excellent job of portraying their character as was int he book. However, there were several MAJOR things that bothered me about the movie in relation to the book. First off, they cut Bridgets twin (perry) , and Effie Lenas sister who plays a very important role in understanding the dynamics of the second and third books (as well as the first). There didn't seem to be a real reason as to why they did this.
Also, and i may have just forgotten this from the book, they had Eric stop by Bridget's house after camp. I don't remember this happening, but i did read the book almost 3 years ago.
one REALLY big thing that i don't understand why they did at ALL, was make Kostos' family and Lena's family not like each other. in the book their grandparents were forcing them together (more her then him *wink*) in the movie, they have the grandparents hating each other. Why?
over all it was enjoyable, and the girls were cast very well. if you haven't seen the movie you'll probably enjoy it more, but it was enjoyable either way.