Monday, October 27, 2008

High School Musical 3

Yes, I really am going to write about the movie. No, I don't ordinarily write about movies. No I'm not going to spoil anything. I just wanted to talk about it in general.

The local one-screen theater premiered HSM3 Friday night, with at least a hundred people attending the first show. People openly laughed, danced, clapped, and cheered in the theater. The whole experience reminded me of my own high school days. I remember rarely, if ever, missing the school plays and almost never missing a musical. I loved watching people my age perform live. We even had a song and dance troupe in town called Class Act, comprised of the most talented people from all three high schools. I loved their performances, and I would not be surprised to hear that someone from the groups I saw made it on Broadway or even in the record business.

Watching HSM3 was a lot of fun. My kids loved it. My wife and I loved it. Not all of the songs were great, but they really managed to portray the image of kids putting on a show, all why interweaving their lives off-stage. It almost became unclear where the stage began and the "real world" ended (or vice versa).

Certainly there were some moments that might make an adult groan. But taken as a fun, youthful performance, it was a real treat. The smalltown theater atmosphere probably really added to the effect for me, too. Whatever the case, it's always fun to get a little nostalgic now and then. It even made me consider going as "Washed up Troy Bolton" for Halloween, just for fun.

-- Robert


le35 said...

This was a fun post. I did like the movie.

Melissa said...

Ok, I haven't lost all respect for you....just kidding...

I have boys so I have missed out on this phenomenon. But I did but my niece a Sharpay costume for her birthday. :)

Robert said...

You should seriously take your sons to this movie. It's a great way to show boys that it's okay to enjoy activities like drama, dance, and singing while still being "masculine." That's actually one of the themes of the whole series, since it centers on a nerd and a jock who branched out from their comfort zones to try out for the school musical. It's a very lively show that incorporates some neat musical elements using things like baseball bats and basketballs.

Melissa said...

My son took his cello into the grocery store so it wouldn't get too hot in the car. I'm thinking he's pretty secure. :) But all of the 5th grade boys boycott HSM on a matter of "principle". Kind of funny actually.