Tommy (1975)


“Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve played the silver ball. From SoHo down to Brighton, I must have played them all. But I ain’t seen nothin’ like him In any amusement hall. That deaf, dumb and blind kid Sure plays a mean pinball. ” – The Pinball Wizard

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After witnessing a very disturbing event, a young boy goes into a catatonic state that still allows him to be a masterful pinball arcade phenom.

My Take on it –  This is a film that I’d heard about for years yet never had any desire to see due to the various things I’d heard about it.

Since it came up during my recent quest as one of the movies that have garnered Oscar nominations for its actors, I finally decided to see what it was all about.

Unfortunately, this film is a complete mess.

The premise itself is quite intriguing overall yet they fail to find a way to present it as a normal and comprehendible narrative.

The music by The Who is great to listen to, but there isn’t a need to make a Rock Opera in order to listen to this music.

The story feels exterminate disjointed throughout and doesn’t find a way to develop the character or story in a way that will keep the viewer interested in what is going on.

This movie has some very recognizable and respected musicians in key roles, yet even they cannot help make this story more interesting to watch unfold.

Ann Margaret was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here and her most notable scene is the one with the TV screen.

This film would have been much more interesting to just listen to the soundtrack than watch everything that goes on here.

Bottom Line – This is a very interesting idea for a film that doesn’t work well enough as it might have because of the way that it is presented as a Rock Opera. The music is great to listen to, but the story itself feels quite disjointed in both the way it develops its characters and has the story move along. The film is filled with some great and recognizable musicians in key roles, but ultimately fails due to its lack of a comprehendible story.  Margaret was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here which is quite relevant during the TV screen scene.  Overall tho, this film is a complete and utter mess.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene of Mrs. Walker’s hallucination of soap, beans, and chocolate coming out of the television set, took three days to film. According to Russell’s DVD commentary, the baked bean and detergent scenes (and the Rex Baked Beans parody ad) were “revenge” for real-life baked bean and detergent ads he had made early in his career. Russell also recalled that Ann-Margret’s husband objected to her rolling around in the chocolate, and that she cut her hand badly on the glass of the television screen, and he had to take her to the hospital to have her hand stitched, but was back on-set the next day. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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