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I went to see Dirty Dancing at the Aldywch theatre in Londons West End in February 2008 and it was amazing. If you love Dirty Dancing and all it's songs you will definitely enjoy this show just don't expect it to be a carbon copy of the film! We booked tickets via ticketmaster and paid £60 per ticket but we were on the front row and obviously had a brilliant view....in fact at one point the actor playing Johnny almost fell off the stage and on to my lap! Classic moments such as "I carried a watermelon" are there in the show along with many of the classic songs. The dancing in the show is great and there is a real connection between the two actors playing Johnny and Baby but a special mention must go to Lisa ( Baby's sister) who was comedy gold in the show! Be prepared for excited "whoops" when Johnny says "Nobody puts baby in the corner" THE classic moment of the film is just as good on the stage! Merchandise is obviously not cheap. I paid £10.00 for the show programme and would definitely give this a miss next time, although they are obviously nice souvenirs! Also bought a Dirty Dancing T Shirt and "I carried a watermelon" pink tote bag. Certainly a film worth seeing though I would recommend trying to get tickets from Leicester Square when you are in London rather than booking in advance if you aren't too worried about waiting....You will get them much cheaper.
I snapped up some cheap tickets to go and see Dirty Dancing and ended up paying £20 for top price stalls by buying from ebay, bit of a palava on the day as the postman took his time to come but we got there eventually. I was purswaded to see this after seeing a snippet of the show from west end live in June last year and I have to say it was a bit of a dissapointment. Having never seen the film I was able to look at it with a fresh eye. It definatly wasn't one of the WOW shows but failed to hit the spot that shows such as blood brothers did. The acting wasn't great and there was actually little singing in it, most just tracks and 'baby' looked young enough to be 'johnnys' daughter which made the whole concept hard to believe. The set was a bit basic but on the other hand the dancing was pretty fabulous, about the only thing that was in the show. the only thing that keeps the show going must be the thoudsands of 'dirty dancing' fans out there.
My friend and I purchased tickets for the Dirty Dancing show on 16th September as a real treat for ourselves, we had been talking about it since the show opened! We sat there full of anticipation, good seats, and unusually for me at 5 feet tall, the tallest person in the theatre did not come and sit in front of me.... so my view of the stage was great. The music starts, my friend and I smile at each other and sit ready to love the next few hours being transported to world of Dirty Dancing....... oh what a terrible dissapointment...... some rather squawky singing and background music that made the dialogue difficult to hear was the first sign of things to come, not a great start but that did seem to settle down after a while so all was not lost, or so we thought. We both waited with excitement for the arrival of Johnny..... sadly though, what we did get was a rather lack lustre version of the Johnny we had expected, I think it would be fair to say, and of course I can only reflect our opinion, that David Erik in the role of Johnny appeared to be generally underwhelmed and dare I say a little bored by the proceedings throughout the show. There appeared to be absolutely no chemistry between Johnny and 'Baby' and Johnny's lines were delivered in a stilted and rather wooden fashion. The dancing seemed abit like everyone was trying too hard and that translated to be the least 'dirty' dancing I could imagine. The overall review of the evening for us was it felt like a 6th Form school production where everyone was keen to impress, I felt like a loving parent so desperate to support the cast but finding the event more of an experience in endurance than enjoyment. We did consider leaving at the interval but as generally optimistic individuals we decided to stay on, it couldn't get any worse could it? To be fair though, the second half was slightly improved but still far short of what we were expecting. The final low point was the addition of some men dressed as women in fur coats dancing around in the last scene, what was that all about? The highlight of the whole show however was the Fra Fee solo which was wonderful and the stage set was very cleverly designed. I have never taken the time to write a review but this was such a dire experience I feel compelled to share my thoughts. Sorry to the cast but for us it really didn't work on Wednesday!
I was lucky enough to go and see Dirty Dancing at the weekend in the West End. It's a show I have been wanting to see for quite a while, but making the time and having the available money to see it has always been a factor. The show is rated a PG, and we wondered if this was correct having seen the film, but there was no language and the only sexy scenes in the musical were done very tastefully so I would agree with the rating after watching the musical. Having read good reviews about the show, I was excited to be outside the theatre waiting to go in, looking at the posters of some of the cast. I had heard that Johnny and Baby had been represented well in appearance to Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, and to be fair to the team, Baby was portrayed brilliantly with Johnny not being quite so well matched in features. Inside the theatre I was surprised to find that one of the country's top selling musicals was placed in one of the smaller theatres I have been in. This was disguised by placing the seats very close together, but there was plenty of leg room in front of you. Instantly you could tell that this show is directed to, and attracts many more women than men, as there were signs for the ladies toilets on each wall, but none for the men. We found out that these were placed near the bar, an obvious place for the men's facilities to be located, but it made me chuckle as soon as I noticed it. ** Stage ** The stage dominates the theatre as it should do to enable everyone to get a brilliant view. We were in restricted seats according to our tickets. Seated at the back and only just slightly off centre to the right, we could see everything except the orchestra, and a small corner of the right hand side stairs. This didn't restrict us in the slightest and we were very happy with the seats we had been given. As we were sitting waiting for the show to start it gave us a good excuse to take in our surroundings. I loved the large glitter balls that were suspended from the ceiling, but I was glad I wasn't sitting directly underneath one of them as they were huge. We wondered how they would influence the lighting and scenery later in the show, but more on that later. During the show we realised how well the stage was created to replicate the film in the best way it could. Stage props and effects are obviously superb with technology improving all the time, but there were some fantastic effects to the stage that made the show slightly more special. The cast somehow managed to run and dance around the stage, their footing never once placed on the wrong piece of the moving parts of the stage, and the props placed perfectly to be removed discreetly when needed. I was amazed on the moments when I was watching the stage effects. The main things that impressed me on the stage was a large log that was lowered onto the centre which enabled Johnny and Baby to practice their lifts when they left the holiday camp, and also some background scenery that made it look like they were both in a field and also in the lake practising those all important lifts. ** Cast ** On the night we were at the theatre Baby was played by Hannah Vassallo, and Johnny was played by Martin Harvey. Nadia Coote as Penny and William Tapley as Dr Houseman. I can't mention everyone, but they all played their role in a fantastic way which came together to gel with each other and make the show a fantastic performance to watch. As trained dancers it must have been so difficult for Baby to dance badly in the beginning, and for them to be able to miss judge lifts and turns to create the story was amazing to watch. Jessica Brooks as Lisa Houseman amazed me when she sang her song in the talent show. As Lisa sings very badly, it was a fantastic performance, and I think she deserves the badge of being the most true to film performance. I really would have thought it was the original Jane Brucker from the film if I hadn't known better. Hannah Vassallo has very different facial features to Jennifer Grey, but the fact that you don't see the cast up close and personal means that with costume, hair and voice, you will be fooled into thinking she really is Jennifer for a while. Martin Harvey doesn't resemble Patrick Swayze very much at all, but he has a god body and a great hair style to compensate for it. Nadia Coote wowed me and most other people in the audience that night with her superb dancing moves. Her outfits were fantastic to suit her posture and pose. There were scenes that made me scream with jealousy when she was teaching Baby the mambo, and she was dressed in shorts and heels that made her legs look like they really were reaching her arm pits. All the cast portrayed the characters brilliantly, and as the story progressed you were pulled into the holiday camp of Kellermans yourself and I truly believed that we were living back in 1963 with the film. ** Film to musical ** I was expecting parts to be missing from the film as obviously scenery restrictions and time limits will prevent the whole story being shown on stage. I have to say the musical was a very close match to the film. All the major songs were included which sent the audience wild as they appeared. The producers and writers have managed to replicate the major scenes with background scenes being available on the same stage and the audience still managed to know what was going on. There was a lot to keep your eyes on sometimes but despite this you could see for example Baby and Lisa in the background of the stage on their beds which acted as their room, whilst in the front of the stage there was a barrier lifted to portray two other characters having a conversation out on the green. I was truly impressed at how it was choreographed and put together. ** Overall ** The musical lasts for around three hours with a small interval in between. The time went so quickly the time we were there. I have never laughed so much at scenes such as the compere geeing up the audience when we have to listen to the talent show auditions, and clapped so much when scenes ended. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, and dancing along with the songs. We had a great audience the night we went and nearly everyone seemed to be joining in on one way or another. I imagine this made the show even more special, but I can't see how anyone would go and watch the show if they weren't going to enjoy it. The main piece I missed that I would have liked to have seen was where Johnny came back for the final dance and ran through the front stalls. Being so far back we couldn't see him until he jumped on the stage. For me the whole show was fantastic, but the skin stood up on the back of my neck at the end when the whole stage was lit up by purple and silver glitter reflection bubbles. It was a magical moment and really worth every penny I paid to see the performance.
very ordinary i was really disappointed - which is a shame as i was looking froward to it for a long time. no live music (except about 2 songs which were really good) lots of quiet parts and not that much of dancing..... i think it was one of the worst shows I have seen.....
First, I should say that there are some spoilers in the review, so if you're determined not to find out what happens in Dirty Dancing, don't read on! When I was growing up, Dirty Dancing was one of my absolute favourite films. It still is, in fact. It sounds (and is) incredibly cheesy but that film meant such a lot to me! It had the romance covered, it had good-looking actors (and Swayze WAS good looking back in the day!) and it felt quite meaningful at the time - looking at society in terms of class issues, abortion, and the way the world was changing in America in the 60s, with the aftermath of the Vietnam war and holidays to Europe becoming more popular. It has a real nostalgic feel about it and you'd have to have a heart of stone not to raise a smile at the end when Baby gets the lifts right! A brief synopsis of the story: The Housman family (Dad, who is a doctor, and Baby's hero, Mum, Lisa and Frances (known as Baby)) go on holiday to a family resort in North Carolina. Lisa soon sets her sights on their waiter, Robbie, who is studying medicine. Baby however, soon discovers the world of the dancers at the resort, and finds out one of the dancers, Penny, is pregnant with Robbie's child. Robbie refuses to have anything to do with her or it, and she has no choice but to seek an illegal abortion with money Baby lends her. As the abortion can only be scheduled for one particular day, the day Penny and Johnny dance at another hotel, Baby has to learn to dance to stand in for Penny and develops a relationship with Johnny. When Penny's abortion goes wrong Baby fetches her father to help her. When Johnny takes responsibility for Penny, Dr Housman refuses to allow Baby to have anything further to do with Johnny, but Baby and Johnny's relationship continues. Johnny is accused of stealing by a jealous ex-lover and Baby comes to his defence to stop his boss from firing him by telling the truth - she spent the night with him. He is fired anyway for sleeping with a guest and Baby's family refuse to speak to her. On the last night of the season there is a concert where Robbie accidentally admits he was the one who get Penny in trouble, and Johnny comes back to dance with Baby. And they all live happily every after (sob!). Ok, that last sentence isn't part of the film, but that's how it makes me feel! In fact, I don't know that many girls my age who don't share similar feelings for Dirty Dancing. So, when the musical came out, I knew I'd have to see it! It took me a while to organise (almost two years!) but finally, the other week, I got my act together and booked tickets for me and four female friends. I booked with lastminute.com, getting our tickets for £33 each, with an offer of a dinner deal beforehand - £8 for a pizza and a glass of prosecco at Fire & Stone before the show. When we got to the theatre I had to show my reference to pick our tickets, a process which was incredibly easy and very fast given the massive queue - the cashiers really were working very quickly! We were sat up at the top so we had a fair few stairs to climb, but we ended up with very good seats - slightly to one side, but with fantastic views. I was a little worried as we paid for 'fourth tier' seats so I had thought that our seats may not be amazing, but I was very pleasantly surprised! The toilets were also conveniently near too! Because I was so familiar with the film (and loved it so much), I was worried I'd pick it apart in my head if they got any bits wrong, but although they did change some bits (some music that they probably couldn't get rights to etc) they were actually really faithful to the movie. The smaller bits they did change, like the music, they tried to keep the same mood as the film, but they also added in extra bits about the peace march and the civil rights movement, which I liked because it added even more depth and gave us more of an insight into the time in which the story was set. They also added in some singing which was fine - it didn't blow my mind but it certainly didn't put me off. The actors were very good - the looked very similar to the movie actors which was probably done on purpose, as you are used to seeing Johnny/Baby etc look a certain way. The dancing is very very good. The guy that plays Johnny and the girl that plays Penny particularly so. Again, I know I am biased as I love the movie so much, but I felt that the show got the emotion exactly right. I felt sad with the injustice of it all when Johnny tells Baby about his dream - that they meet Baby's father on a walk, and he put his arm around him, "just like he does with Robbie" - Robbie is Lisa's (Baby's sister) unworthy boyfriend, and while we're on the subject of him, I practically hissed every time he was on stage, and the relief when Baby's father tears his cheque up and realises (at last!) that it is Robbie who is the slimeball, not Johnny! The show did really well at making you feel for all of the characters, and the funny lines were just as funny as they should be. It was a fairly long show - it started at 7.30 and didn't finish til almost 11 o'clock, but personally I feel that I got my money's worth for my £33 and would definitely recommend it to any fans of Dirty Dancing (the movie) and any fans of romantic movies in general. Honestly, there weren't a lot of men in the audience, a fact that didn't surprise me at all (the face my boyfriend pulled when I asked him if he'd mind not coming as it was a girls' night was exactly the same face I pull when he tells me he's found someone else to sit in the pub and watch the football with!) but my brother loved Dirty Dancing and used to watch it with me and I know he'd really like to see it so I suppose it really depends on your personal taste! On the whole a great night out for you and your girlfriends that will leave you feeling slightly better about the world!
Go to see this musical without trying to compare it to the film and you will have a great time, spend the entire show comparing it to the film like the woman sitting behind me and you will not. Ever since watching Dirty Dancing I have always loved the songs, characters and storyline and so, when my mum and I booked to see the musical, I couldn't wait. Luckily the show exceeded my expectations! Dirty Dancing is currently performed in the Aldwych theatre in London which, in itself, is impressive with its beautiful decor and old fashioned feel. The theatre is easy to get to and we found that Covent Garden was one of the nearest tube stations to the theatre. On arriving, we were greeted by a massive queue of people all waiting to get inside and my heart sank at the thought of having to wait hours just to get in. The queue moved remarkably quickly however and we were soon seated, so don't be put off by a seemingly neverending queue of people. We'd already booked our tickets for the matinee show ( starting at 3pm) , however the theatre wasn't completely full so last minute tickets were available. We paid around £38 for our tickets and were seated right at the front on the second level of the theatre. These seats were perfect and gave a great view of the stage. The show is performed twice on Fridays and Saturdays (once at 3pm and once at 7.30pm) and at 7.30 every other night of the week until October this year. The show itself was everything I had expected and more. Although at the start it was a little difficult to connect with the actors playing Johnny and Baby, (the two main characters in the plot) I soon warmed to them and by the end was glued to their antics on stage. The songs were bright and lively and even the men in the audience, (who had walked in with long faces and a paper tucked under their arm) gave in and were tapping their feet to the music. Baby, played by Hannah Vassallo, didn't sing during the performance and Johnny (Martin Harvey) only sang a very small part at the end. For me, this was a good thing as the quality of the dancing of these two characters was so good that too much vocal input on their part may have taken away the emphasis on their movements. This also gave some of the other characters a chance to shine, many of whom had amazing voices. The atmosphere among the audience is also great and the die hard fans who know every line of the film are not afraid to get really involved in the piece. The special effects were just as impressive as you expect of a London show and leave you with no doubts that no expense has been spared to make the performance outstanding. My only issue with the musical was the fact that my favourite song, 'She's like the wind', wasn't sung during the show. The music is played towards the end but I was disappointed that I wasn't able to sing along, as the song itself is not included. However I soon got over my disappointment, as the finale (cue I've haddd the time of my liiiife...') was fantastic. The enthusiasm of the dancers, gorgeous voices of the singers and general atmosphere made a fitting end to a brilliant show.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting my lovely mum in London. Mama Pixis77 has a thing for theatre shows and musicals, so we bought some tickets for the Saturday afternoon performance of Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre. Whilst i'd much rather watch a stage adaptation of Saw, I am not averse to romantic-cheese. Mum is a wheelchair user, so we bought our tickets directly from the theatre, over the telephone. Wheelchair users and their companions pay a reduced price. We purchased two top price tickets (ordinarily costing £60) for £35 each. Most impressive. On previous theatre outings, i've had to deposit mum at the doors whilst I struggle to find a member of staff to help her gain access. On this occasion, I was pleasantly surprised to find a staff member waiting for us at the side door. No, this was not a cruel illusion! We had been allocated our own personal theatre escort! This lovely lady led us down a bumpy slope into the theatre, pointing out the location of the theatre's disabled access facilities, before showing us to our seats. We were positioned at the front of the dress circle with a great view of the stage. I had some difficulty positioning mum beside my chair, due to the limited space available for wheelchair manoeuvres. Eventually, after much dragging, and skillful sliding, I managed to straighten her chair up, so that it was aligned to my own. I wanted mum to be as comfortable as possible, and my main concern was that she had a good time! Thankfully, no-one tried to get out from our row during the performance, as I would have had to go through the whole dragging and sliding process once more. It's been a long time since I saw the movie, but the story seemed pretty much identical. The general theme is that of 1950s holiday romance. Baby (played by Hannah Vassallo) is a fresh-faced American gal who visits a holiday resort with her family. There, she meets Johnny (played by Martin Harvey), a dance-instructor at the resort. Soon, she becomes his student, falling in love with him, much to the dislike of her father. Expect a cheese-fest of gigantic proportions! At times, there were slight technical difficulties with the microphones, with some parts spoken so quietly, I had to strain to hear what was being said. Additionally, some parts made me cringe. For example, during the second act, Baby and Johnny were lain in bed getting all slushy with one another. From what I could see, there was absolutely no chemistry between the two actors and the dialogue was stilted. To add to this cringe-fest, some idiot in the box decided to start laughing her head off. Why is there always one? The music was great, when it was live. There was of course the staple tune from the movie, '(I've had) the time of my life'. However, I have to say I was disappointed that some of the major songs were actually recordings played in the background. If you look at the show's website, you'll see 'Hungry eyes' and other songs such as 'Mama said' listed as part of the show's two acts. However, these songs were not sung by cast members, but played in parts (not in full) throughout the show, with either recorded vocals, or no vocals at all. Of those songs that were sung, NONE were sung by the shows two main characters. Instead, the singing was left to two of the show's 'extras', who I should add, did an excellent job. I did, however, find this a tad strange as in my experiences of musical theatre, the main characters usually do most of the singing! You might be wondering what mum thought of all this. Well... she fell asleep 15 minutes into the show! I spent the majority of it nudging her to wake her up. The show lasted for around two and a half hours including the intermission, so that was a lot of nudging! And whilst we are talking about the intermission, I should add that you can expect to pay £8 for two midget-sized pots of ice-cream. Overall, our Dirty Dancing experience was OK. If you're a wheelchair user, you'll be treated very, very well at the Aldwych theatre. In fact, I really have to applaud the theatre for the way they assisted us. I just wish the show had been a bit more engaging. As an aside, mum insists that she wasn't sleeping, but watching the show through half-closed eyes!
I have to confess to being a big fan of musical theatre and I absolutely adore the film Dirty Dancing, which is why when I was offered a ticket for the live production at the Aldwych Theatre I jumped at the chance. I was really looking forward to seeing how one of my best loved films had been transferred to the stage - and although in many ways it is a magical performance, I honestly don't think that it is anywhere close to being as good as the film! For anyone who does not know the story, Dirty Dancing is set in the early sixties and takes place at Kellermann's - an American holiday camp with lots going on. Frances 'Baby' Houseman, her sister Lisa and their parents arrive for their holiday and are soon right in the thick of things. There are different entertainment events at every hour of the day headed up by Johnny Castle and his dance team. There are rules however, about staff mixing with guests when not on duty, but Baby is soon attracted to the exciting dancing that she sees taking place in the staff quarters. Matters are complicated when Johnny's dance partner Penny reveals that she is pregnant, which obviously in the early sixties is a big problem. Whilst she prepares for an abortion, Baby prepares to take her place as Johnny's partner - a relationship that becomes very up close and personal too. As details of their relationship and her Baby's part in Penny's abortion come to light, her previously close relationship with her father is sorely tested. There are lots of other supporting storylines going on at the same time. It's a lovely story and one that I have enjoyed many times when watching the DVD but I did wonder how well it would transfer to the stage. In many ways it does fare well but I suspect that my love of the film slightly marred my enjoyment of the stage performance. Most of the acting is very good and particularly the performances of Leanne Rowe (Baby) and Martin Harvey (Johnny) were excellent although it did seem to take a while before the chemistry between them really kicked in. Also, it was quite uncanny just how much Leanne looked like the Baby in the film! I thought that most of the cast did very well although there were a couple of understudies who appeared a bit wooden. There are no big names in the cast but that never really bothers me and it is definitely not a problem here. The songs in Dirty Dancing are absolutely magical. Anyone who knows the film will know such classics such as 'Time of My Life' and 'She's Like the Wind'. There was an excellent band and some good singing although this is not like your usual musical with cast members bursting into song at various times. Neither lead sang at all, and I somehow felt that it was a shame that in this stage adaptation that there was not more live singing. The 'dirty dancing' was really excellent though! The stage at the Aldwych Theatre is not vast so it was always bound to be a challenge as to how it would all fit on the stage. The main elements of the staging were a rotating stage and a cinematic backdrop. Sometimes these were used quite cleverly but I also felt that both were slightly overused. I think that the problem was that the writer, Eleanor Bergstein, had tried to stay too close to the film. Films manage to jump between different scenes at a fair pace but it all looks seamless dues to careful editing. This was managed on stage by the stage rotating many many times, doors appearing out of the floor and so on. There were times when it just felt so busy and the revolving stage was really starting to do my head in! The screen was also a little overused but at times it was also used very cleverly. I really liked the way, when Johnny and Baby were practicing a dance lift in a lake they appeared behind the screen and the effect of them actually being in water was excellent. Overall, I felt the effect would have been better had there not been the necessity for so many scene changes. There were also moments when things all felt a little slow, again I felt due to too many shifts of scene. We would just see characters enter into about two or three lines of dialogue before the stage went 'walkabout' again. These short exchanges just don't seem to work so well on the stage. However, for all my criticisms, this is a good show and is worth seeing, especially for the last twenty minutes that were so vibrant and lively and had all of the audience clapping along with the dancing. Also a massive cheer went up when Johnny reappeared towards the end and delivered the immortal line: 'Nobody puts Baby in a corner!' You don't get that sort of group enjoyment when you just watch the film! Overall then, it's a fun and enjoyable show, but if you are a huge fan of the film, be prepared to go with an open mind and see what you think! I did really enjoy it but having said that though, I don't think I'll want to go and see it again - I will just stick with watching the DVD!
The classic story brought to life on the stage. I saw this show on the stage recently and absolutely loved it. Like most women, this is one of my favourite movies and I was excited about seeing it live to see how they would do it. It was also my hen night so I went with 15 of my closest friends and had a absolute wail of a time. What I loved about it is that they stuck to the story fairly well and didn't really change anything. I do hate it when stage shows are different to the films for some reason, I just think I love the film so much, I want to see it in person and be part of it and experience it. This show is definitely for girls, leave the men at home. Most of the audience was women with only a handful of men and I'm sure they felt very uncomfortable. The theatre is very small and intimate which I think adds to the atmosphere as you believe Johnny is dancing just for you! The sets I thought were great too and worked well. The stage was actually a revolving stage and this in particular was really good, especially in the scenes where there was a car on stage. It made the whole thing flow really well and definitely worked in my opinion. The cast are abolutely amazing, the dancing is brilliant. The supporting dancers were all really really good and to be able to watch them up close was quite a treat. The Johnny character was very believeable and was the best dancer on the stage. At one point he took his top off and the whole theater just exploded. The costumes were great too and really brought out the era of the film. The girls outfits were great because they really lent themselves to dancing and made you want to go out and wear clothes like them too. The tickets were fairly hard to get hold of because this is such a popular musical and they were fairly expensive, about £40 each but if you loved the film then you will definitely love the musical and it's one I truly recommend for a great day out with the girls.
Although this music is good, I will start by saying it definitely does not measure up to the film so don't expect it to or you will be disappointed! The storyline, music and characters are all exactly the same... but it's just not right without Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey! That aside, it's a good fun show to see. The actors capture the characters very well, and classic lines such as "Nobody put's Baby in the corner!" get everyone cheering! It's a great singalong show, as everyone in the audience knows the songs and loves watching them being performed! Some parts of the production were really amazing, such as the beginning where in the film the couples are dancing translates really well to stage and sets the scene perfectly. Overall I think this show is definitely worth seeing, but cannot compare to the iconic film! I would, however, still recommend it!