watched high school musical for the first time yesterday. i think the main problem i have with musicals as movies is that you lose some of the original entertainment value, and expect a lot more out of a movie (like character development, etc.), all of which is sacrificed for cramming in elaborate musical numbers. whether it’s grease, repo, high school musical… the characters are deliberate stereotypes whose motives can easily and quickly be understood at face value. it’s all about the songs while the story and characters come a distant second. really movie musicals are a lot like porn, except substituting lip synced musical numbers for gratuitous sex scenes.
(very random thoughts)