Hairspray follows on the same veins
as movies such as Greese and Zanadu with classic storytelling
where meets music and dance. Needless to say, the movie world has
been lacking it's fair share of different films and fortunately
Hairspray is a breath of fresh air in a time where the industry
is stuck in a rut.
Set in the 1960's, the tale
revolves around Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teenage who
doesn't have a care in the world and apart from school and her
family, her world revolves around the Corney Collins Show, a
musical dance show starring the cheesy Corney Collins played by
James Marsden (X-Men).
When one of the stars of the show
accidentally becomes pregnant, the producers seek another "cool"
and "talented" "kid" and Tracy and her best friend Penny race
down to the auditions to hopefully fulfill Tracy's dream of
becoming part of the show.
Unfortunately for Tracy, one of the
shows stars Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma
(Michelle Pfeiffer) find the idea
of Tracy dancing in their production outrageous and attempt to
sabotage her role.
Featuring John Travolta as Tracy's
mother Edna who disapproves of her daughter's idea, the film is
extremely "camp" from start to finish which features some quite
memorable music scenes that will definitely make this a modern
The writers have also thrown in a
variety of issues from the times such as Afro Americans not
being allowed to dance on the Corny Collin's show with the white
kids and the moralistic and fun loving Tracy sacrificing
everything to change people's prejudices and hopefully become
the boyfriend of Link Larkin at the end of the day, the stars hot young dancer.
Hairspray is a fun ride from start to finish and one cannot help
but bop along... Great stuff!