STORY- A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarms into a small conservative Indiana town supporting a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the Prom.
The Prom is the movie adaptation of a Broadway show bearing the same name. It has an important message, and for the most part, is entertaining. And while most of the music is good, the way it translates to the silver screen is, unfortunately, quite hit or miss.
The story, which introduces us to a group of disheveled broadway actors who have lost their charm, is quite good. While the group of four actors is the main focus of the story, we also follow the life of Emma, a 17-year old girl who is trying to fight for a prom that welcomes everyone, no matter who they love. The group of actors helps Emma on her journey while learning a lot about themselves, as well.
Although the story didn’t offer anything new or groundbreaking, it does come with a crucially important message. The message that we should all be proud of who we are, and we should all be free to love whoever we want to. And it’s that message that carries this film.
However, while the story and the musical performances were great, the movie as a whole wasn’t. What baffles me the most is how slow The Prom is. You’d think that a movie that is one colorful and striking performance after another would go by on a whim. But, this one did the opposite. The only reason I can come up with for its sluggish feel is an overuse of music. While the songs and performances are fun, they also make the narrative take a lot longer. And although I enjoyed most of the songs, I guess they just lacked the effect they would’ve had on stage.