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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!!, December 28, 2007
This review is from: The Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Rock 'n Roll Musical (DVD)
If your looking for a wild ride, this is it!

True art constantly reinvents itself. And reinventing an art form is exactly what this film does. When we think of musicals, warm and approachable names like "Oklahoma," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," and "South Pacific" come to mind. Films you grew up with. Films that leave a smile on your face. Admittedly, traditional musicals have almost always been associated with light hearted and sappy entertainment. Then there is that little handful of films that comes along and pushes the art-form, "Tommy," "Sweeney Todd," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and films of that ilk. Art shouldn't be stagnate, it should reinvent itself. It should always be challenged.

The mere thought of taking the Robert Louis Stevenson's famed dark novel and turning it into a musical, is not only challenging an art-form, it is death defyingly risky. Fortunately, "The Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Rock 'n' Roll Musical" succeeds with flying colors. To make it too serious would be to try to perfect an already perfect style of story-telling, and that's just plain boring. And, to make it sketch comedy silly wouldn't be challenging at all. Mel Brooks perfected the art form of making horror hilarious years ago (see "Young Frankenstein" for an iconic example of that). But, to let visceral rock and roll music and a raw, almost retro, style of filmmaking tell the story is just plain brilliant. I'm not saying that this film is an equal to "The Godfather" but it is definitely one cool ride. This is one of those fantastic films where if you sit back, let your hair down, expect nothing and let the music and the form carry you on a journey. If you do, you'll walk away satisfied and deep in thought for weeks to come.

Bernhoft and Champagne (the songwriter/lead actor and director respectively) are an amazing filmmaking team who's raw talent to move you with their story is self-evident and effective. For me they have succeeded simply because I can't stop thinking about this film. I will not be surprised at all if it becomes a cult classic. It's style is unique, it's form is avant garde and it boasts a CD's worth of unforgettable music. No one has ever come close to telling Stevenson's timely tale, or for that matter any horror classic, like this.

All in all, I liked this film very much. It bothered me (in a good way) and made me content all in the same instant. Interesting films always do. This film is definitely worth having in your DVD library.
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