Broadway Idiot (2013)
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Hamilton can't go too far wrong because American Idiot is such a killer collection of songs.
A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining if hardly trenchant show biz documentary ...
A pleasant if predictable documentary ...
"Broadway Idiot" has the controlled quality of something created to showcase the work and its participants only in the best possible light.
Fans of Green Day might find it harder to get the same rush out of the band's music after watching this extended, self-congratulatory PR plug for the 2009 stage adaptation of their 2004 album, "American Idiot."
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The biggest revelation is that Billie Joe Armstrong was not always a punk, but a theater kid singing show tunes in family home movies. This doc explores a little of what was going through Green Day's head when they originally made the American Idiot album released in 2004. Naturally, this doc focuses on translating that album to the Broadway stage. The theater production team is shown working on a story to tie the music together, the arrangements, the choreography, and the stage design, then Green Day is brought in to grant their approval. Eventually Billie Joe decides he wants in on the action. He joins the Broadway cast for a short time as his alter ego St. Jimmy, a character that he says is his dark side. A hard rocking behind-the-scenes streaming flick.
While mildly redundant and somewhat self-aggrandizing, it's also pleasantly heartfelt and works wonders as a powerhouse advertisement for the impressive stage production.
An exhilarating rockdoc about how one of the most acclaimed albums of the past 20 years got adapted to Broadway. If you're a fan of Green Day or musicals, I'd check this out.
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