Saturday, October 30, 2010

1988 John Waters Hairspray movie vs. 2007 non-John Waters Hairspray movie

Old Hairspray: A+
New Hairspray: F-

I don’t have words for how bad the newer Hairspray movie is. Well ok, maybe a couple.

John Travolta as Edna Turnblad is by far the most frightening thing I’ve seen so far this Halloween season. Makes Divine, in the same role in the original movie, seem as safe and natural as a basket full of sleeping kittens.

Whereas Ricki Lake was genuinely charming as Tracy Turnblad, this new young girl just sang too much. Always with the singing.

I found that watching Cry-Baby immediately afterwards allowed me to erase the scary John Travolta images from my brain. Yay for John Waters!!

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