I’m not really a full-on Gleek, maybe just a touch Gleek-ish. Yes, I watch the show, but I feel it has gone markedly downhill since its first stellar half-season. The episodes are seriously hit or miss. Storylines get started and dropped— Rachel’s mother? Quinn’s painful past? Sue Sylvester’s humanity?—and, as brilliant as Jane Lynch is, she can only sabotage the glee club so many times before it becomes tiresome. The proselytizing has gotten to be a bit much, too, even for someone like me, who totally embraces Glee’s message of celebrating our differences. It’s a classic case of a show reading too much of its own good press.
But at least there’s the music, which is always fun—well, as long as Mr. Schue isn’t rapping, that is—and sometimes downright magical.
So, of course, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie was going to a have a certain base level of entertainment. How could it not? These kids are just too darn talented—especially breakout star Lea Michele, who can wrap her voice around a classic Barbra Streisand song like nobody’s business (her “Don’t Rain on My Parade” is as much of a showstopper on stage as it was on the TV show).
But we get to see the New Directions gang strut...