No, this isn’t the story of Lo Bosworth. This is much more interesting than that and there’s a lesson learned here that’s one of the most important ones to remember. What is it, you ask? That demons have problems too, man, and when they do, they’re going to sing and dance to work them out just like the rest of us. Admit it, we all have those moments where things aren’t going quite right and in a fit of frustration we break into song. Don’t lie, you know you do it too. It’s alright, no one’s judging.
Demons and musicals aren’t an uncommon phenomenon. Just check out “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “Angel” if you don’t believe me. (And Mr. Joss Whedon, if you are by some chance reading this, I just want to mention that I think you’re bloody brilliant and if I could work for you some day, it would be quite possibly the most wonderful day of my life. I can even just go pick up your dry cleaning or something. Anything. Just call me. Okay??) Ahem….sorry about that. So demons and musicals aren’t as uncommon as one might think but the demons in Lo take things a step further. They have theatricality. Literally. The entire movie is staged as if the audience is merely sitting in a theatre watching a live show with certain light sequences reminiscent of the lighting in “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”. Random fact that makes me geek out, is that the writer and director created this after watching Jan Svankmajer’s “Faust” (and I am a HUGE Svankmajer fan, I adore him!). Not only is there song and dance but there’s comedy (sometimes of the absurd and sometimes of the Three Stooges variety) and there’s drama, sweeping drama in the heartbreak of a young man who’s lover has been kidnapped by demons. What you thought this one was all about the demons? Puh-lease.
The moral of the story here is very clear. When in doubt, when in pain, summon some demons to put on a show. Might cheer you up or they might kill you but either way you’ll be in a better place than before!
Posted on 2012.11.July, in American Cinema, American Indie, Experimental, Horror Comedy, Lo-Budget, Musicals and tagged angel, buffy, cabaret, demons, indie film, jan svankmajer, joss whedon, lo, lo bosworth, musical. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.
I’m glad you mentioned it because the minute I read the opening of this blog the music from Buffy’s eposide (I think it’s “One More Time”) came flooding back to me. Shame on you…I’m going to be humming under my breath all day! People will think I’m more insane than usual! 😉
Haha, I can’t help that I’m so wonderful as to remind you of exactly what I wanted to here. 😉 Or something, lol.
I’m glad you did this, CS. : ) I’ve seen this hanging around forever and every time I click preview it’s just the first three minutes of the movie which haven’t been too enticing. Now I know! My eternal thanks to you. Yours, THE IPC. : )
Oh, excellent! I’m really glad I did it too! 🙂 I really do adore this movie (although some of it is because of stuff that non-theater majors may not enjoy). It’s gotten mostly good reviews around but there have been a few “too grand for it’s own good”, “tried too hard” comments floating around also. But it’s different and it’s beautiful. I hope you like it, IPC! 🙂
hmmm! sounds interesting!
It is! I highly recommend! 🙂
It’s hilarious AND adorable and creepy, lol. It’s pretty much perfecto in my book!
Yes, it’s on streaming. 🙂
I think I should direct the sequel to this. I’m thinking of doing a demon burlesque show and highlighting the problems demon hookers have with their demon pimps. Thoughts?
PS. Great review 🙂
Thoughts: 1) I WANT TO BE IN THAT SHOW. 2) I WANT TO BE IN THAT SHOW NOW! When do we start? 😉
And thanks! 🙂