Long before Darren Criss was making all the Fangirls crazy on stage as Hedwig, John Cameron Michael adapted (from the original stage musical), directed, and starred in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the movie. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack of this for several years because I fell in love with “Origin of Love” at a concert a long time ago. A couple weeks ago, Ashley and I finally sat down and watched the movie. Though it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I still wasn’t disappointed.
The movie follows Hedwig, a transgender woman, whose sex reassignment surgery was botched, leaving with a “Barbie doll crotch.” We learn that she did it for love, but that love left her. The movie is told through songs and flashbacks, giving us a glimpse into her love and loss.
What I didn’t expect, was how much I hated Hedwig at the end of the movie. She’s very self centered, and abusive. There is a point when one of her bandmates wishes to leave to play Angel on a tour of Rent, and Hedwig rips up his passport so he can’t. She does some really rough stuff to the people who work with and care for her, and I didn’t expect that.
The ending was really surprising as well, but I don’t want to spoil that for you. I imagine that Darren does an amazing job at being a diva and queen bee onstage eight times a week, but Ashley and I aren’t super sure if we’re going to go yet.
If you’re a big fan of Darren, musicals, or rock operas, you need to check out Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I highly recommend watching the movie (I rented it from iTunes for around $4), and falling in love with the soundtrack. My favorite song is Wig in a Box, and I’ll give you a little preview of the movie with the video for that.
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