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We've been pushing the new "Glee" film since it was first announced. After all, we didn't want all of you Gleeks out there to miss out on what was supposedly an exclusive 2-week theatrical engagement. However, though, it's looking like the film may not even last that long. "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" turned out to be a massive bomb.
Now, calling it "a bomb" may be a bit of an exaggeration. After all, the film didn't really cost all that much to make. The New Directions kids were already out of tour, so it was just a matter of setting up a few cameras and creating a marketing campaign. Well, it was probably a little more that that, but the budget was pretty low, especially when you consider the cash cow that the show has already been for Fox.
Early buzz on the movie was excellent. In fact, just a few days before the film's release, "Glee" had a 100-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That was too good to last, but the film still earned an extremely respectable 61 percent, which still certifies it as "fresh." However, all of those accolades didn't seem to matter; the film debuted in the number 11 spot, taking in $5.7 million.
The problem with a "Glee" movie is that the audience is limited. Not only do filmgoers have to actually like the show, but they need to be willing to pay for it -- and quickly. Of course, if you fit into those narrow requirements, you probably already saw the tour when it came into your town. Perhaps you're just waiting for the DVD release. Anyway, Fox shouldn't be too heartbroken, given the costs associated with the film.
Still, it did get good reviews -- but is it a good 3D movie? Let's take a closer look at the praises that other people are singing and see whether you should try to take in "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" before it's gone.
Here is what Fox says:
"The multi-generational phenomenon that has inspired millions to embrace their inner-Gleek will soon bring them together to experience Glee a whole new way."
Here is what critics say:
"A 'movie' in the loosest sense of the word, in the hands of director Kevin Tancharoen these narrativeless 83 minutes whizz by as a lively spectacle aimed squarely at the gang of Gleeks that have made Ryan Murphy's show a smash hit across the globe. Story-wise it offers about as much depth as the rickety 3D, but thanks to the ratcheted up color palette and sparky stars, it's far from a dim experience." - Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"If you caught the 'Glee' tour, it probably didn't involve ziplining into the action, or getting to bounce around onstage. The 3-D, meanwhile, is negligibly bedazzling when the high-wattage charm of natural showman Darren Criss -- leading all-male group the Warblers as Blaine -- and the effortlessly appealing Chris Colfer as Kurt already pop off the screen." - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"For a film that was put together so rapidly, it doesn't look at all shoddy (except for a couple of frames near the end shot from the giant screen instead of the stage). The 3D effect, however, is largely superfluous until the final credits, when the show's trademark blue slushie heads straight for the viewer. On that note, you might leave 'Glee 3D' feeling a little gooey all over, but that slushie does taste kind of sweet." - Lael Loewenstein, Variety
[Photos: © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Adam Rose]