Thursday, September 18, 2014

Musical Mayhem: Little Shop of Horrors Review

By. Mick Neeky

Let me begin by saying that Venus fly traps have nothing on Audrey II. Little Shop of Horrors is more than just a mere crossover between an alien plant and a musical. It’s a ride full of laughter, catchy beats, and well-rounded characters.

Alan Menken’s musical comes to life for the second time. The first time Little Shop of Horrors was portrayed in the big screen it was way back in the 60’s. Frank Oz, the director behind The Dark Crystal, takes the helm of this remake and is backed up by big name actors: Rick Moranis (Seymour Krelborn), Levi Stubbs (Audrey II), Ellen Greene (Audrey), Steve Martin (Orin Scrivello), among others. You’ll be impressed by the amount of detail that went into making this musical.

Little Shop of Horrors’ most enjoyable detail is its plot; in which Seymour buys a weird alien plant that is feeds on blood. In any other hands Little Shop of Horrors would’ve been a Horror movie, but it executes a don’t-take-me-serious style that works quite well. Frank Oz shines once more in his approach.

Oz manages to deliver a spectacular Audrey II. It looks beautiful, moves like if it were alive, and sings outstanding. The puppetry behind him is ahead of its time. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I say it.

Now, for the coup de grace: the music. Little Shop of Horrors songs are catchy and entertaining, yet the characters don’t just sing for the sake of it. It’s done as it should be: songs make the story move forward. I kept going back for more of Steve Martin’s character (a psychotic dentist) and one of his most laugh-out-loud scenes. Actors like Rick Moranis blend their acting and singing skills perfectly.  It works like a well-oiled machine. Yet, among all the praise and amazement, I do have one problem: Audrey. Her singing doesn’t sink with her characters squeaky voice. Most of the time it’s so annoying, it becomes a distraction.

That’s all for September’s musical. Little Shop of Horrors is a must see,—despite Audrey’s annoying voice—take my word for it. And remember to suggest your favorite musicals. Till next time!

Keep it Neeky.

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