Tommy, the musical, was on the other night. I love the album, but never saw the movie because it looked like it blew chunks. Still, in my continuing quest to be culturally literate, I felt I needed to sit through most of it. My assumptions were borne out, from Ken Russell’s over-the-top imaginings to my sincere belief that neither Oliver Reed nor Jack Nicholson could sing. I had heard Tina Turner’s version of “Acid Queen” before and was not impressed, and Elton John’s “Pinball Wizard,” which I have always hated, turned out to be a high point.
Even Ann-Margret, a professional singer, was dreadful, though this was filmed during her pass-around-pack period so she was the most visually-interesting part of the movie. I even liked her in the beginning, when, without makeup, she looked like the Swedish farmgirl on Jack Benny, fourteen years later. Overall, is sucked as bad as I expected and if there had been anything else on I wouldn’t have watched it. Actually, something else started ten minutes before it ended so I didn’t see all of it.
I could never stand Philip K Dick as a writer, but I borrowed the audiobook of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? because I love Bladerunner, and wanted to see where it differed. The differences were enormous as expected; the concept was good, but the execution was bad–Dick all over. Ridley Scott and the scriptwriters threw away 99% of the book for good reasons. But I did do something I have never accomplished when reading a Dick book–I sat through to the end. Usually, I get thirty pages from the end and realize that I disliked every character and didn’t care what happened to them. I did not wish them dead; just didn’t care about them one way or the other enough to find out. I didn’t care here, either, but trudged on because my commute was long.
So, what has entirely lived up to your negative expectations, but you sat through it anyway? A book a friend recommended and you didn’t want to hurt their feelings? A rom-com or action film your SO dragged you to? A TV show everybody at work insisted you’d love?