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Still prefer stage 'Rent' over movie 'Rent' spoilers
Just saw an advanced screening of Rent tonight. I was totally prepared to be very critical of every little thing since I was such a fan of the original NY cast and the touring casts. (Yes, I camped out once in NY to get $20 tickets). I was appalled when I heard that the original 'Mimi' would not be in the movie and was perplexed when I heard that Rosario Dawson of all people would be Mimi. I must say that she was better than I expected her to be and at times she looked totally like a heroin addict, that it was scary! But still wonder whether Daphne would have been better. I didn't seem to feel the chemistry between her and Roger that the others have been saying... What I criticize the most about the movie is the lack of a lot of the phone message banter that the play had. Although I liked Sarah Silverman as Lexi Darling (as brief as it was), they could have had the scene when she leaves all the numbers on his machine which was hilarious in the play. The party scene with Maureen and Joanne given by her parents--would never had happened in 1989. Remember the fuss that happened when Ellen Degeneres came out--and that was the 90s?! They could have done the musical number in a different scene--something more of the era. The new Joanne has such a soulful and wonderful voice--ably taking over the role and able to hold her own amongst these other Broadway talents! My favorite song of the movie was Jesse L Martin--any of them! Although I am glad that most of the original cast was in the movie,at times they all looked a little old for their roles--it has been almost ten years after all--at times they do look in their 30s--hard to buy in those roles. On stage you don't notice the aging so much but on a big screen and with close ups?! Rosario Dawson did not look like a 19 year old though I guess being a heroin addict will make you look older. What's with the snow scene where Mimi and Roger are singing to each other? The snow looked so fake--big feathery flakes that never melt when they hit their face. I would see it again,if just to see the big musical numbers again--the Tango Maureen and the Cafe scene especially.