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Just finished watching Tommy, the rock opera by the Who (currently on Netflix). I could not make head nor tail of it. Literally, I don't understand the plot, the themes, what I'm supposed to make of it, anything? I feel it's a beloved UK cult classic and as such am curious to know - is this film actually any good? Is it well liked? Is it just the music (which is fine but not entirely my cup of tea). I generally love Ken Russell and this has enough of his manic energy that I won't say I was bored by the film, but I was totally bemused.

I was born in 1978 so maybe I'm just too young to tune into whatever frequency it operates on. But it was a big enough deal that I reocnigsed the reference in that one Heavy Metal Dredd story where a pinball playing deaf/dumb/blind kid gets his ehad blown off. Although sadly that didn't happen in the film - instead he got cured and became Jesus??

Funt Solo:
I watched it when I was very young - and never again. And, I expect, never will again.

It's a cultural touchstone. You check it off the list and move on.

Vibes, its all about pure vibes. 'Sense' should be checked out at the door.

TOMMY rocks.

This is movie isn't made to be understood. But wait 'til you see Lisztomania. Probably the most deranged, disgusting film ever. But that's why I love Russell as filmmaker. I don't have to like films, but I like his audacity as filmmaker.


--- Quote from: Hawkmumbler on 03 November, 2021, 12:06:59 PM ---Vibes, its all about pure vibes.

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Plus, Ann Margaret covered in baked beans. It's searing critique of consumerism. Or something. ;-)


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