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Film Review - Tommy
In the 1960's there was The Who. Perhaps not the most popular band of the time, but big, very big. Who guitarist Pete Townshend, in his journey as a song writer, created an opera - a rock opera.
Tommy is a classic musical, except that it's rock. The music is everything in Tommy. Let's face it, the story doesn't really work. Tommy Walker to born to a British flyer and his wife. The flyer dies in the war, or so everyone thinks. The wife finds a new beau, and then the flyer comes home. The beau kills the flyer in front of young Tommy. The boy is traumatized. For the next 15 years, he is blind, deaf and dumb. Then mom throws him through a mirror and he is enlightened, he becomes a new Christ character. Talk about a crappy plot.
Normally this means you're sitting though a disaster in the dark with popcorn. But this opera is all about really great rock, and dance. Tommy is visually stunning. It's even more fun to watch these decades later because it's a visual time machine. When you watch this film, you're in the 70's.
Is this Chicago? No way! But it's worth watching. It's far better than the average film being made these days. Since what is best about this film is the music, you can put this film on and go about your house work. Townshend's music is that good.
Directed by Ken Russell
Released in 1975
MPAA Rating: PG
Reviewed by Mongo