Movie Review: RENT (2005)

Hello, friends! I’ve been so indecisive for the past few days, trying to figure out whether or not I should post a movie review. Ever since about a week ago, RENT has been my newfound obsession, and after seeing the movie about four times on Thursday and Friday, I’ve started to love it even more.

For those of you that have no idea what RENT is, it’s a rock musical written by Jonathan Larson that’s loosely based off of Puccini’s La Boheme. It takes place during the HIV/AIDS epidemic of late 80s and early 90s. It was originally a show that made its way to Broadway in 1996, and the death of its writer, Jonathan Larson, seemed to attract larger audiences. It was made into a movie in 2005 with the OBC (Original Broadway Cast) minus the actresses that played Mimi Marquez and Joanne Jefferson. It then left Broadway in 2011, and they finished their 20th anniversary tour in 2016.

This story follows eight main characters living in the East Village of New York City (more specifically, Alphabet City), and takes place over the course of exactly one year (December 24, 1989 – December 24, 1990). This show is incredibly diverse, from the different genres of music, to the ethnicities and sexualities of the characters.

I love this show so much because it reflects a bunch of characters that are living with a part of themselves that will inevitably end in them dying. The main message to take away from this movie is that there’s “no day but today” which is said several times throughout the movie, but is incredibly true for the lives these characters are living.

Unfortunately, I haven’t watched the movie in a couple of days because I’ve been taking statewide tests all week, coming home, and promptly falling asleep, but I’m seeing a live performance of it tomorrow night, and I’m extremely excited.

For those of you that are unsure about this movie, and you watched the trailer but you still don’t know what to think of it: watch the movie. I was considering watching RENT on Amazon Video nearly half a year ago, but the trailer didn’t really tell me anything about the movie itself, so I didn’t. It wasn’t until I came across it on YouTube early last week that I actually decided to watch it.

Warning: the movie trailer is moreso something to watch after you’ve seen the movie. Then, you’ll understand what it’s trying to say. I saw the recorded live on Broadway 2008 version before I saw the movie, and it didn’t make any sense because there was no actual dialogue- everything was sung. The movie is a bit easier to understand in terms of the plot, and the emotions are more present towards the end, as a movie can show multiple sides to a story, where stage plays can’t always do that.

So, watch the movie- it’s worth it. 🙂

I give this movie a 20/20, which I don’t do a lot. This movie really resonated with me, and I hope some of you can take something away from it, too.

Thanks for reading!

Yellow Eccentricity ❤

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