Hairspray is the film adaptation of the award winning Broadway musical show with the same name, which adapted from the original movie in
1998 1988 (Sorry, I typed it wrong.) Thus, we could say that the film is a reincarnation of the comedy movie originally released 9 years ago. The film tells a story of an overweight but pleasant teenager girl named Tracy Turnblad who dreams to be a dancer in local TV show in Baltimore in 1962. Not only being a musical comedy, the film also shows an optimistic point of view regarding the racial integration in the U.S. at that time.
The movie starred an incredible wonderful ensemble of the cast, including John Travolta in the role of Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s lovely overweight mother. Yeah, it’s entertaining to watch Travolta cross-dressing as a middle-age woman and dancing like crazy. Some might argue that the role could be replaced by any veteran actress but that would make the film somehow less interesting. Other notable ensemble of the cast include Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah and Amanda Bynes (if you don’t mind those lollipops – watch the movie and you’ll understand what I was trying to say.) The new face Nikki Blonsky successful went through the audition to get the role of Tracy Turnblad and she did it very well in the movie, both on the music and dancing parts. The overall production of the film wonderfully recreated Baltimore in 1962. Along with great actors and actresses, all the music and the songs as well as the dances in the movie are perfectly matched. All in all, the film is one of the best musical film of the year.
5 Stars out of 5 – Fabulous production and wonderful ensemble of the cast with enjoyable music, it’s definitely an enjoyable movie for everyone.