Thursday, April 15, 2010
Glitter: A Review
Billie's got a skill, she can sing, her group is bought by a cartoony bad guy played by Terence Howard. Howard loses Billie and the girls to a rising producer named Dice, played by Max Beasley. Oh thrilling. Billie's career soon skyrockets, her now-boyfriend Dice gets a little pissed and drunk for no reason (A Star is Born)and the wheels are off. Billie's mad huge, making mad dollars appearing on Late Night Live, wow, LNL starring John Lovitz as "The Pathological Truth Teller." Dice meets his end and Billie hits the stage at Madison Square Center or somewhere and sings. Groan fest....
The Good: Not much. Actually there's about 1/3 of a good movie here, it's slightly after mid-point near the end. 20 to 25 minutes isn't really enough to watch a movie over though. Despite the drubbing this received, a lot of the new material Carey did for this like, "Lead the Way" and "Never Too Far" are actually good songs.
The Bad: Mostly everything else. According to director Vondie-Curtis Hall (Mariah's best bud) a concerted effort was to minimize clothing and sets that were "Big '80s" in favor of timelessness. Big mistake. The '80s environment and energy is just not here. In fact most of this looks like a decade/time that just didn't exist. Not good.
Grade **1/2 Wasn't awful and oddly enough the film's acknowledged executioner Vondie Curtis Hall did some illuminating director's commentary.