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3 Reasons Why the 'Glee' 3D Movie Makes Us Excited for Season 3 -- And 2 Things That Make Us Worry

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 12th 2011 10:00AM
It's hard to hold back the smile that creeps onto your face once the New Directions gang takes the stage in 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.' Despite the constant spoilers, the "will they or won't they graduate?!" speculation, the uneven writing, the constant neglect of many main cast members, the nonstop parade of guest stars, and the misuse of Jane Lynch, at its core, 'Glee' is still fun.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

Remember the feeling you got after watching the pilot? The misfits had a place, you guys! Music was inspiring! Jane Lynch was hilarious! Well, that feeling comes back (in 3D!) once the a cappella voices begin singing the opening guitar riff of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing.' And when the movie spotlights real-live Gleeks affected by the show -- forget it -- you won't be able to leave without feeling uplifted.

Below, find three reasons why the movie gets us excited for what Season 3 of 'Glee' can be -- especially considering they've stocked the writers room with talented TV veterans who can presumably develop storylines throughout multiple episodes -- and two things that scare us (besides the unnecessary 3D).

The good:

1. These kids can SING.
Lea Michele might be a diva in real life, but there's no doubt -- especially after watching her belt 'Don't Rain on My Parade' in an arena filled with tens of thousands of people -- that she's exceedingly talented. And that's not even taking into account Kevin McHale's Michael Jackson tribute or Amber Riley's 'Ain't No Way' or Chris Colfer's gorgeous Beatles cover. Not everyone shined, though: Let's just say the movie makes it easy to separate the live singers from the fakers.

2. They can also dance!
Heather Morris might lip sync her Britney Spears song, but we're going to pretend it's just an homage to Britney herself. Besides, the way she moves during 'I'm a Slave 4 U' is insane. Insane! Plus: Harry Shum Jr., though unfortunately not spotlighted in a solo, does an excellent (dancing) MJ tribute of his own during 'PYT' with McHale. Speaking of McHale, please thank whoever allowed his 'Safety Dance' routine into the show. Dancing Artie makes us happy.

3. You can't deny the appeal of a good ol' fashioned song-and-dance number.
We're not saying we had to repress the urge to clap after several of the numbers, but we're not saying we didn't. (Okay. We clapped.)



The scary:

1. Is Jenna Ushkowitz even a full-time cast member?
You'd think she was an occasional guest star by the way the Broadway veteran was so rudely ignored. She barely gets solos on the show as it is, and her non-presence in the movie makes us worry that 'Glee' will continue to ignore her talent.

Also, why wait until 10 minutes before the end to spotlight Colfer? Sure, we suffered from Kurt overload during the season, but that doesn't mean we don't still love him! And poor Chord Overstreet and Dianna Agron had their 'Lucky' duet sandwiched in toward the end as an afterthought. Give everybody screen time, guys!

2. Why were they in character the whole time?
It was pretty weird. Why would New Directions perform in an arena? If they can't even give us explanations for these simple questions, what are we to expect from Season 3?

Tell us: Have you seen 'Glee' live? Do you plan on seeing the movie?

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I saw the movie with my niece who was lucky enough to get to see the New Jersey concert that this movie was filmed at. She was slightly disappointed because they cut out a few of the songs and they placed songs out of order. (It's quite noticeable even to me (the costumes changing and appearing again later) and I wasn't at the concert.) It's a very poor editing job. She said that Sue and Schuester were there but only Gwyneth Paltrow appears in the movie version. I was sort of disappointed since I was hoping to see them. I also disliked that Tina and Quinn were barely there. And I was hoping for more Kurt. It really was a Rachel love fest though.

August 14 2011 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bergie25

I saw the movie this morning. 5 quick hits:
a) Lea Michele needs to record an album and soon. She is out of this world. Best voice since Karen Carpenter.
b) While I appreciate the stories with the Glee fans weaved into the movie, I'd have preferred to see the characters and how the fans interact with them in real life (such as at an airport, at a personal appearance, etc....)
c) Not only is Tina being pushed aside, Quinn is virtually invisible. Sam is a blur at best. Lauren Zices doesn't do anything. I guess at least they're getting a paycheck for being there.
d) Some of the 3D "effects" were good....they actually looked VERY 3D.....but why do we need it for a concert pic? That made no sense to me.....aside from charging an extra $3.50. Ahhhh....now it makes sense!
e) All these things aside.....it totally put a smile on my face and I loved all 1-1/2 hours of it. No denying that GLEE is an uplifting experience and beats the hell out of listening to the news talk about Capitol Hill or another debt crisis in another European country! Can't wait for Season 3!!

August 14 2011 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hiphopbrat19

I saw the tour in Connecticut this year and I love Glee som much beacuse that whole cast is very talented of what they do on the show!! I wait to see the movie beacuse it already out!!

August 12 2011 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian @ PWYJudges

I saw the tour in NY last year and in Boston this year.... both times it reminded of exactly why I still love 'Glee'! And, yes, I plan on seeing the movie. And clapping. Fine.

August 12 2011 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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