Friday, August 17, 2007

Tommy (1975, Ken Russel)

" A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and the object of a religious cult because of that"

One of the trippiest films of all time is also one great rock opera that really surprised me. I was excepting a film that took itself way too seriously and because of it would become campy and funny but instead it takes itself so seriously that it becomes epic.

Tommy comes from the warped mind from the man who did Altered States. Anyone who has even bumped into that movie on cable knows about its many odd surreal scenes. Now imagine those surreal scenes for an hour and half, add non stop music by The Who, singing, pinball, crazy sets, and some crazy cinematography and you have Tommy. You will either buy into and think its amazing or you will just feel confused by the whole thing. Either way it is a one of a kind unique film.

Its also another one of those movies that you sort of have to see to believe. I had a fun time watching it and I can see myself watching it again sometime soon. It's just too epic and odd that its hard not to like.

- A-

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