Bye Bye Birdie Reviews
Highly recommended if you couldn't already tell.
What remains anymore, beyond the echoes of classic rock internet channels, is this nigh forgotten bit of Americana.
Ann Margret steals the show as the girl chosen to lay a kiss on the bull icon immediately before they remove his particulars. Fittingly, music numbers are the highlight here, but nothing dangerous enough to suggest revolution.
and a John Daly cameo. Pure entertainment, lively, uplifting, funny. Paul Lynde's performance deserves an Oscar.
While some may erroneously say this film is dated (50 years after the movie was released, Bye Bye Birdie was the fifth most played musical in U.S. high schools), it tells a story that is as old as the hills, from the Pied Piper to Justin Bieber. The story is of the effect of the next musical sensation, whether it was Mozart, Beethoven, Sousa, Joplin, Jolson (who starred in the first movie with sound), big band jazz of Goodman and Miller, to Elvis and the Beatles, to Elton John and Michael Jackson, to Madonna and Mariah and Beyoncé, from classical to marches to ragtime to jazz to rock and roll to soul to disco to high energy and beyond.
This is a great movie about the unbounded joy and exhilaration of youth, singing and dancing and proclaiming that "I've Got A Lot Of Livin' To Do". It is a gentle spoof of the musical phenomenon of that time, of Elvis and rock and roll. Sit back and enjoy the fun, and laugh at the truly great comedy, and enjoy the music that fits the mood.
(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)