Rating: 1.5 of 5
It’s kind of hard to score a movie like this, because all of the elements are different (though, sort of, they shouldn’t be which is why it comes out so low).
Stylishly directed, this isn’t so much a film as a series of performances. And the singing and dancing and singing are all good. The dancing, especially, I kind of loved. The acting, not so much. So, how do you fairly rate a performance score? I erred on the acting side, because this is a movie, after all, and not a concert.
I assume the script was weak because there is little character development and even less story.
In some ways the directing isn’t great, because the film itself isn’t great. And yet, there’s an element that is superbly directed because most film directors couldn’t capture the brilliance of the performances, use the nature of film to make them better than anything they could be live. They are beautiful and powerful and wildly interesting and strung together with just enough story in between to make the whole thing almost worthwhile.