I used to be a big “Glee” fan. About halfway into the second season, I dropped off. The reasoning for that is that the show seemed less about the misfits and made-fun-of coalescing in a group to both find common ground and defend themselves against the high school royalty and more about how many songs the show could shoe-horn into the hour-long program. It started to seem more like commercials for iTunes than telling a story about kids trying to become high-school big-shots. However, I thought “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” would be a out-and-out success, due to the legions of Gleeks the show still has. However, it would appear the audience didn’t turn out in a big way for the film.
I’ll talk more about this next week in the “Movie Review Round-Up” since I suppose this post is more like an “In Your Opinion” piece, but Rotten Tomatoes has rated the film 61%, barely above being rotten. Also, the film has only made $6 million since its August 12 release. Entertainment Weekly has stated reasons why the film isn’t doing as well as people assumed it would.
Firstly, the writer of the piece, Grady Smith, stated that some of the issues with the show itself probably resulted in poor turnout. Similar to why I stopped watching the show, Smith pointed out that the histrionics of the second season coupled with the histrionics during the off-season have turned people off. Secondly, the movie doesn’t have very candid interviews with the “Glee” cast, and instead have stories from teen fans about how the show has helped them in their lives. Smith wrote that Gleeks probably wanted more candid footage of their favorite stars.
Thirdly, the film being in 3D hasn’t helped matters. Audiences aren’t hip to 3D anymore, and that has been showing in box-office returns big time. In fact, one reason the film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is doing so well, aside from the great story and terrific special effects, is because it’s one of the few movies that isn’t in 3D.
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