I’ll admit that the realisation this is a musical came as a teeny bit of a shock. I don’t do musicals.
But Hairspray was just so much damn fun!
Based on a stage musical, Hairspray contains all the cheesy elements you expect from earnestly happy script. There’s the unusual girl who lights up everyone’s life, the heartless witch who refuses to accept difference, the good-natured father, the whole shebang.
Once I got used to John Travola in a fat-suit and in drag I kind of went along with the film, and even found myself grooving along to some of the songs.
A recommended film, not too cerebral, not too intense, just a nice afternoon at the cinema.