So, visually and aurally it's an absolute masterpiece. Stunning. Literally every frame is beautiful, so much put into scenes that sometimes last just two or three seconds. Had to go back and see it in Imax. But it doesn't get 5 stars as it didn't really engage me emotionally, didn't once move me…and I can cry at TV ads. I felt we needed to experience the pain and ‘headfuck' Paul the protagonist was going through. What was happening to this teenage boy was seriously scary, I never felt he was scared. Plus although I appreciate it's only ‘part 1', I felt the climax of this 2 and a half hour film was somewhat underwhelming.
So the positives: Max Harwood was born to play Jamie – superb! It makes a far better film than a stage show. It made me cry, which meant it has an emotional impact. The negatives: Although I love the message and the 80's gay rights/Aids fight sequence gave it some real depth and meaning, it's just not a very good musical. No real struggle for the lead character.