I remember watching this movie in Music class, partially anyway, and I remember I didn't really like it, probably because I was tired. Now that I can really look at it, I feel that when it comes to a musical, it can't get much better than this.
This and the original 1988 Hairspray are about two people who are very different yet similar in society: fat people and black people. The world's biggest fan of the Corny Collins show, Tracy Turnblad, one day gets a chance to star in the show because of a Negro friend who goes to her school and is able to perform on the show once every month for Negro Day, the best day of the month. And gradually, the whole world starts to open several different opportunities for her and her friend, Penny, including the boy of Tracy's dreams. But the von Tussle girls don't see the way the popularity is going and is not in favour of all these different people being allowed to integrate on TV. What will this conflict lead to?
Now, I didn't like all of the songs. But I liked most of them, and that's more than good enough for a musical. Like a box of chocolates, it's full of warmth and positivity, choosing the shining path rather than the dark. One of the most surprising things is how this movie has the same elements as To Kill a Mockingbird, yet it still stays, ahem, smiling, yet it's not making fun of the immortal situation. I think my favourite songs were "You Can't Stop the Beat" and "Without Love", which were around the end, which I hope doesn't spoil anything for you. These songs are interesting. They also take place during rather entertaining and in a way tense situation, and I generally hate when a Musical does that: sing to distract the audience from the shallow plot. This is not the case. Musicals like this generally (actually, almost every time) overdo the music, and it's usually bad and inane. Since when was the music actually good, though? Here.