I invited a friend over yesterday and we watched “RENT” on Netflix because she had never seen it before. (As soon as she told me she’d never seen it, I invited her over to watch it). It took her until the end of “Today 4 U” to realize that Angel was a man. (I suppose she didn’t recognize Angel as the same person who helped Collins earlier in the film). We didn’t watch the whole movie because it was getting late and she had to leave. I’ve seen RENT on Netflix more times than I’d like to admit, and it was hard watching it without spoiling it for her. Although I managed not to give away the plot, I think she was a bit annoyed by the fact that I sang along to each musical number word for word. (The only songs I haven’t memorized are “La Vie Boheme B”, “Tango: Maureen” and “Goodbye Love”, but we had only watched up to the point right after “Today 4 U”).
I really liked how Roger’s story was told through flashbacks in this sequence as opposed to exposition via Mark. I also prefer not knowing exactly how April died. The explicit suicide explanation never sat well with me.
No screencaps of “the best ass below 14th street,” sorry. I honestly was kind of disappointed in this sequence. The actors had great chemistry, but it was a little too long for my tastes. But I feel that way about it in the stage version too. :\
I cannot get over the cinematography in this film! Every single scene is gorgeously lit and choreographed. I’m not even a huge Rent fan, but the show is growing on me now just from seeing how beautiful the movie was.