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Critic Reviews for Tommy
One thing is sure: there has never been a movie musical quite like Tommy, a weird, crazy, wonderfully excessive version of The Who's rock opera.
This 1975 film's inventiveness begins to flag about halfway through, but by then it's a relief. If only Wagner could have lived to see this.
Ken Russell's filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way.
This is both the movie in which [Russell] is most faithful to the ideas and tone of his material, and one of his very worst films.
It's all fairly excessive and far from subtle, but in this case good taste would have been wildly inappropriate and a fearful drag.
Audience Reviews for Tommy
A young man grows up seemingly deaf and mute and becomes pinball champion and a leader of a religious cult. If I were doing one-sentence reviews, I would simply write, "What the fuck?" and that would be that. Since I feel the need to write more substantive reviews - what the actual fuck? This film is nuts. The plot is weird and non-sensical, the cinematography is an LSD trip, and the acting is over-blown. That said, Tommy is also a hell of a ride. Consistently engaging, it kept me guessing, and some of the musical numbers are well-choreographed. Overall ... what the actual fuck?
This is one of the oddest musicals of all, but it's also pretty cool, and has a lot of good music from the Who. Plus, there are a lot of stars in it.
The strangest and most interesting musical I have ever seen. Keith Moon's scene is by far the most interesting part, along with Ann-Margret's charisma and style.
|Acid Queen:||"His head, it shakes! His fingers clutch! Watch his body writhe!"|
|Acid Queen:||His head, it shakes! His fingers clutch! Watch his body writhe!|
|Tommy:||We need more room, build an extension, A colorful palace, Spare no exepense now.|
|Tommy:||We need more room, build an extension. A colorful palace, spare no exepense now.|
|Tommy:||those who love me have a higher path to follow now and you dear mother too must be prepared!|
|Tommy:||Those who love me. Have a higher path to follow now. And you, dear mother, too. Must be prepared!|
|Tommy:||See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me.|
|Tommy:||See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.|