Sunday, February 13, 2005

Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Company)

It is good – for a christian-ish film. Well, it is a musical retelling of the Jesus story, much like the “Passion of the Christ”, which I condemn by the way because it is so boring and they dare call that gore? Watch “Gladiator” man, then you will know the true definition of gore!

Anyway, “JCS” as I said, is the retelling, every aspect is the same like the Romans and the silver coins etc. The only thing is, they moved the time into the 20th century! So there are guns and discos and tight leather and shades etc. The first character to appear is Judas – wearing a tight red T-shirt with a pair of long black pants and black leather jacket, to give that punk-ish touch. Next to come out of the smoke is Jesus, long wavy blonde hair, white singlet, beige cargo-pants and white sneakers. Hip eh? There are also the disciples, only they are young teen-looking punk-looking kids. Simon, for example, wears a pair of army-patterned pants with biker gloves, and totally spiky hair dyed blonde at the tips, and Peter is a black guy who dresses almost similar to Simon. There are Asians among them too. And Mary Magdalene is the girl Jesus falls practically in love with who is a black prostitute. And the Romans, if they can be called Romans in this case, look more like the guys from “The Matrix”. You know, long black leather coats – the lead Roman of the lot looks like Morpheus. Pontius Pilate is a big muscular guy, but his face looks like a turtle’s, and his costume makes him look like Bison from “Street Fighter”.
Oh yes, and the singing. It is very… colorful. All the voices are very different and each has its own ‘uniqueness’. Judas, when he sings the higher and longer notes, sounds like he’s a wire gone short-circuit. And Jesus, when he sings the higher notes, sounds gay… and I mean very gay. The song, ‘Gethsemane’, which I was looking forward to hear in this show since I have heard Michael Crawford and Michael Ball sing it very very well, was turned into a gay song when it was sung by this Jesus guy. The way he sang the high notes sounded like a girl squealing while getting violated. And caught how he threw that television across the floor? And Judas hanging himself part was quite… interesting. I feel sorry for the guy.
There is also the part when Jesus carried the cross to where he was to be crucified. That is my favorite part. Because that is when they sing the theme song ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, which is a nice song. And whoa! That was after Judas hanged himself, but here he is in a cool, shiny red suit leading the song and singing into a microphone, “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Ooooooooooooh, Je-esus!” There are red disco lights about too, and even the press comes with their cameras to film Jesus dragging the cross across! Then the angels descend from behind – women in tight red leather minis with red hats and high leather boots wearing dark shades and white sings attached to their backs. It was cool, something new and apart from all those other shows where whenever they come to this scene, the background music and people are all sad and solemn and pitiful. This one gives a whole new touch, I could even call it original!
My rating: 3/5*


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