December 14, 2014
One of my favorite stage musicals of all time, is brought over incredibly well. They used most of the original cast of the stage production and they all give it 100% to give everyone the opportunity to see this great musical.
July 7, 2012
Chris Columbus's adaptation of "Rent" is nearly flawless. Yes, the cast is a bit too old for the characters, but their performances are all knockouts, especially newcomers Rosario Dawson as Mimi and Tracie Thoms as Joanne. The film, overall, is true to the show in practically every way. By choosing to change some of "Rent's" operatic language into spoken dialogue, screenwriter Stephen Chbosky (who would go on to write the perfect teen smash "The Perks of Being a Wallflower") grounds the show a bit more in reality. Some may agree, others won't. But there is one big thing that distinguishes "Rent" from other musicals, and that is Jonathan Larson. Even though he never lived to see his piece become what it has become, he changed the face of contemporary musicals forever. His music is timeless and classic (you won't meet a single person who doesn't know "Seasons of Love"), the energy he injects into his characters and his plot is infectious, and he managed to find light in a very sad time by fueling "Rent" with a heartfelt, life-affirming message. That's the stamp of a true artist. In these ways, this one goes in my book as an unfairly underrated classic.
September 15, 2007
There is not a bad performance in this movie. And there shouldn't be. It's the original cast. Except they're all WAY too old and successful to be believable any more. A little like being at the beach and seeing your rmother in a really small bikini. She might look great, but it's really uncomfortable.
November 20, 2014
This movie is probably one of the best movie musicals of film history. The acting is spot-on, the casting is perfect, the songs are amazing, the characters all have such contrasting personalities, and the dialogue is great. I think it is much better than the Broadway adaption and I honestly cannot think of any reason it would get anything under 4 stars.
May 26, 2010
this film has catchy songs, and the actors for the most part are great, but I can't stand Mimi or Maureen. And for a film/play that sings about fight pretension, it's pretty pretentious to have the girl almost die and then come back to life. i'm sure it works on stage but in a film, it seems dumb.
January 21, 2008
attempted to watch it once in 2006, then attempted to watch it again in 2007.. both times failed to finish.
February 10, 2010
135 minutes of wasted time. That is how I measure the impact this movie has had on my life. Rent is a dark movie with odd and unappealing songs. It is probably my least favorite musical ever. (First and only viewing - 7/31/2011)
July 9, 2014
The true definition of "hipster". For every good ten seconds in this movie, there is ten minutes that destroy it. This film forces the audience to hate it. You will find yourself sighing more and more until you ask yourself "why am i watching this?" still, you will fight it and force yourself to watch it, only to gain nothing in the end.
July 5, 2014
The film loses a lot of the magic and freshness exuded by the broadway show. Still, if you're at all a fan of the music and show, you are able to forgive a lot.
June 13, 2007
Best musical ever. Love the return of the old cast and the new ones fit right in
June 15, 2014
The performances are strong, particularly those from Rosario Dawson and Tracie Thoms, but Rent fails to bring the Broadway show to the big screen with its clumsy editing, weak, uninspired direction and a bad positioning of its songs, which rank from amazing ("Take Me or Leave Me") to incredibly unnecesary ("Today 4 U").
May 27, 2014
I like the film despite its flaws, but on the whole, I don't feel the film really captures the true spirit of the stage show
May 22, 2014
When this came out, the movie and the soundtrack were a big deal to a lot of people. I remember enjoying everything about this movie more back then as a freshman in college than I did almost 10 years later.
I don't like most of the songs, or that 80s-90s rock sound they are backed with. I dislike Roger's voice. It always sounded like he was straining and his voice was about to crack any moment. Angel is probably the best character, and Maureen is the most interesting to follow.
Some of the characters in Rent are uncharmingly pretentious about their way of life. For instance, Mark does not want to take a job at a TV station because he believes it would be selling out, although all the crap in his apartment has been pitched and technically he and his buddies are now considered squatters. It is also never really established why Maureen and Joanne, POLAR opposites, are drawn to each other. Their differences would be fine except they don't seem to like each other's qualities much at all.
Yep... not as wonderful as I remembered it to be.
January 7, 2012
No day but today!!! Rent is the story of AIDS, overcoming struggles, moving on with life, tragedy, betrayal, forgiveness, and friendship. The love and power behind the music and the stupendous cast help pull an emotional string from everyone who watches this film. Fantastic
October 22, 2012
CON CANCIONES MUY PEGADIZAS, PERO LE FALTA ESA GRAN HISTORIA Y TAL VEZ SE VEA MEJOR EN OBRA DE TEATRO QUE EN EL CINE
April 9, 2014
How about love
This is the story of a group of friends living in an apartment complex. They are all reasonably young adults dealing with love, sex, poverty, and aspirations. When one of their friends becomes the owner of the building, he completely changes his behavior towards all his old friends. Can the friends survive the brutal nature and expectations of their former friend?
"She dumped me for a lawyer named Joanne."
Chris Columbus, director of Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, Nine Months, Stepmom, Bicentennial Man, Harry Potter and the Scorer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief, delivers Rent. The storyline for this picture is actually quite compelling and the conclusion is very solid. The songs were okay, but not great, and the acting was above average but not fantastic. The cast includes Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, and Tracie Thoms.
"The sweetest milk I ever tasted."
Rent is a movie my girlfriend brought to my attention so I decided to give it a shot. I felt the majority of the film was fairly average, but the last 20-30 minutes is very dramatic and well done. I didn't love the musical numbers, they're just okay. Overall, this is definitely worth a viewing but may not be worth adding to your DVD collection.
"How are we going to pay last year's rent?"
April 5, 2014
Decent attempt at an on-screen adaptation, but the emotion of the music is lost on film
September 16, 2007
RENT is a film version of a Broadway musical is for the most part fun to watch, but I found it very distracting: as a movie, it's so stagy and so pretentious- in fact the whole ordeal of making it may even be a pointless exercise. Why see this when you can see the musical, which is far better suited to this material?
March 27, 2014
Good singing, but oh so boring movie! Also, the acting sucked.
March 26, 2014
one of the better 'modern' musicals.