This was rough. Best song by far is in the trailer and in general this is just awkward and sub average musical. A huge portion of this story and multiple bad songs are about the entire school of 12-13 year olds openly talking and planning so two of them can kiss including the two of them that want to kiss. It feels like a story about 13 year olds written by an 8 year old.
Based on other reviews they butchered the stage version so maybe I’ll get a chance to watch that sometime.
Rating: 2.0 stars
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Tonally all over the place. Apparently Bryan Adams thought Edward should sing songs that sound like awkward cheesy Bryan Adams songs in the middle of a Broadway musical. It was okay when it was being fun or silly, but really missed anytime it was trying to be romantic or sincere. Performances were fine but music and lyrics were rough.
Some of it worked, some of it really really didn’t.
One of my least favorite songs from the stage production “Sincerely, Me” actually worked really well here. It was just a fun musical-ass musical number. Many of the best songs/moments fall apart as they tried to insert them into the middle of key dramatic moments. They just never got the tone figured out.
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