“[In unison] Who am I if I don’t feel like the me from yesterday?” – Garth, Kevin Tuerff and others, Ali, Kevin Jung and others, Hannah O’Rourke and others, Diane Gray and others
Number of Times Seen – 3 (11 Sep 2021, 26 Jan 2022 and 17 Jun 2022)
Link to original review –Here and Here
Brief Synopsis – Story of the thousands of stranded travelers in a small town in Canada following the attacks of 9/11.
My Take on it – Amazing musical that is able to take a tragic day and find the diamond underneath.
The stories of these people help find hope when all seems lost.
The songs are quite catchy and so powerful when looking at the lyrics carefully.
The choice to only film the theatrical version and not make it into a “movie’ per se, is a great choice because it adds so much to the way that the production is set.
The way that the actors play multiple characters is also done really well as it helps keep things feeling more familiar as it all unfolds.
Even almost 21 years after this tragedy, this production is able to capture the dread of that day while also sharing many stories of good and generosity that in some ways can combat the evil and devastation without belittling or shaming the lives of all that were lost.
I’m amazed at how a musical like this could have such a profound impact on me, but it is easily my favorite film of 2021 and despite its premise, I can’t wait to watch it again!
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The original show’s profanity was toned down for this version in order to achieve a PG-13 rating. When Oz states what “STFD” stands for, the word that begins with “F” is muted. Also, Kevin T. telling the woman behind him “we are freaking the f**k” out was changed to “we are freaking the freak out”. However, Claude’s reaction to the large number of planes arriving (“Holy sh*t!”) is uncensored. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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This really is a fantastic musical that I can’t wait to see again as well. I’m still torn on whether a filmed stage play should be appraised alongside “regular” movies, but if it were, it would be my #1 from last year too. 😉