Jesus Christ Superstar - Live Arena TourHD Closed Captioning
Laurence Connor & Nick Morris
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About the Movie
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar returns to its roots with this sensational performance filmed in the UK during the Live Arena Tour. An incredible cast including Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot, Melanie C as Mary Magdalene, Chris Moyles as King Herod and Ben Forster as Jesus Christ, perform hit songs including “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane,” “Heaven on Their Minds,” “Everything’s Alright,” “King Herod’s Song” and “Superstar”in an exciting and contemporary interpretation.
Before getting this I was expecting to be disappointed because I am such a huge fan of the original cast and music, but I was literally amazed by how great it was. I really loved it and will probably watch it a million more times. :)!
Not up to par
I'm not a big fan of remakes or reboots of movies or shows, and most of the time I feel that an artists work should reflect the times of its inception, and was not too impressed with the settings of this show. I can appreciate the cell phones, tablets, three piece suits and other modern trinkets which reflect the modern way of life, but when you depend on the characters to pull the show, this is where I found this performance to fall very short. I was hoping for a sterling performance out of Ben Forster's Christ. I was greatly disappointed. His portrayal was more of a spoiled kid, his high notes were more of screaming than effective singing, and he severely lacked the caring and empathetic nature that would normally speak for Jesus.Tim Minchin as Judas started off extremely effective and I was looking forward to each of his numbers, however it seemed his rendition of the traitorous apostle continually spiraled downward until his ultimate demise (surprisingly well produced visually). Melanie Chisholm's Mary Magdalane was spot on note wise, however again I failed to feel the empathy I was hoping to achieve from a character who was confused in her feelings for Christ, and wanted nothing more than to understand what this man was all about. It seemed she just sang her songs, and that was about it. When it came time for emotion, it just wasn't there. The full company, when they sang in group numbers were fantastic. Great harmony, incredible voices, and a very smooth rendition of the songs with "Hosanna" being the highlight of the entire show. It was hard to "feel" any emotion during this performance, and hard to mourn for a Christ who looks more like Charles Manson and fails to carry the part to where it should be.
The music will stay with you for days. I can't stop watching. The entire cast is incredible but I am most impressed with Tim Minchin who portrays Judas. His rendition is the best I've ever heard. I even prefer him over the legendary Carl Anderson. His acting along side his perfect vocal simple make the production. Don't miss the show. You won't regret it.