Jan 5, 2003
Movie Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
(5 stars out of 5)
Audience Rating: R
Cast: John Cameron Mitchell (as Hedwig)
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Writer: John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask
Awards: Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival 2001, Winner, Best Feature, John Cameron Mitchell
Genre: Drama, Musical, Lgbtq+
Run Time: 95 minutes
Premiere Date: Jul 20, 2001
Country: United States, Canada
John Cameron Mitchell
Wow...that movie just blew me away. I'll have to keep a copy for my own collection. John Cameron Mitchell (playing Hedwig) was simply brilliant breathing life into the character (he also wrote and directed).
The story goes around Hedwig, an internationally ignored glam-punk performer, who takes on a journey into the world of Rock and Roll fantasy in search of his other half...the one that will make him whole. The movie is poignant, moving, intense, electrifying, and the soundtrack is out of this world. Hedwig's angst-ridden journey took me to a realm of alienation and validation. He presented a whole slew of human emotional peaks and valleys that make him come out of the screen and speak to you.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This comes close to another classic rock movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show...but with more dimension and more humanity into it.
I must have listened to the soundtrack a zillion times. Hedwig (the character and no much the movie) lingers long after the movie is over. Like a Shakespeare play, it can be enjoyed on many metaphorical levels. Choose that which fits your understanding...I have.
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