Everybody's Talking About Jamie Review
The full account about Jamie Campbell, a teenage drag queen, was made into a sultry, uplifting West End musical. With a huge, lipstick-smiling smile on its face, Everyone's talking about Jamie described the teenager's determination to attend the school prom wearing an outfit, as well as the school's insistance that this would never happen. The show has some catchy songs as well as a beautiful message about acceptance, and a lot of positive energy that it's simple to love. The adaptation is essentially similar. It's not as exciting as the live experience , and it flits around in an attempt to find a consistent sound but it is full of happy moments.
The most memorable part of the movie is the love story that develops between Jamie (newcomer Max Harwood) and his mom, Margaret (Sarah Lancashire). They love each other for precisely who they are. Jamie's father left them both some time ago, depressed that his son wasn't the athlete he hoped for however Margaret's love blossomed to fill the gap. This is the most elaborate part of the tale, and by some distance. The rest is sweet, but not well written.
On his way to becoming fully himself, Jamie is taken under the guidance of a drag queen who has retired (Richard Grant, aka Richard. Grant ), who is having fun more than you'd expect) and quickly goes from staggering to strutting and proud. The obstacles he faces (Sharon Horgan in the role of a teacher who is disapproving; the lack of money) aren't that significant, and the supporting cast is mostly are one-dimensional, which makes it lacks in excitement or depth. There's no reason to believe that Jamie isn't going to succeed, or an excuse for why he shouldn't.
If you've watched and enjoyed that show is a great opportunity to recreate many of the things that were entertaining about it.
Jonathan Butterell, who directed the London stage production and film, debuts as a director in this film. Butterell delivers lively, emotional performances throughout however there are plenty of times when his thoughts are still stage bound. The musical sequences are a mix of styles. Some feature characters singing while they live their life, while some shift to fantasy and look more like pop-style videos. Any of these could work however, changing between them with no clear guidelines can make it a bit messy. It's possible to play with designs more on stage as the audience is already in a state of disbelief. On film, the absence of a consistent visual language is distracting. The most effective songs are the ones that are played in everyday life of life, with Jamie adding a touch of sparkle to the dull days of Sheffield. One of the most effective song is Sarah Lancashire singing 'He's My Boy' while sitting at a table in the kitchen. Butterell is intelligent enough to recognize when you've seen Sarah Lancashire pouring her heart out, all you have to do is stand and observe.
If you've seen and loved it, then this is a great opportunity to recreate many of the things that were enjoyable about it, however it could have been better with more character development on the stage. It's a musical with lots of energy and a great heart, but it lacks the nitty-gritty. It's it's a lot like Jamie in real.