The Prom

I love musicals! I am such a sucker for them. No matter my mood, I will automatically be transported into the story and everything in my life will feel better. The Prom was a title I had been excited for since hearing about it however many months ago. I mean, how could I not be? Directed by Ryan Murphy and filled with such a star studded cast, I knew I would love it.

All Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) wants is to go to the prom and dance with her girlfriend Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). It should be simple, but the PTA members lead by Mrs. Greene (Kerry Washington) are doing whatever they can to put a stop to this happening. Even Principal Hawkins (Keegan-Michael Key) is struggling to settle the matter.

Enter a group of washed up, self-obsessed Broadway stars: Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep), Barry Glickman (James Corden), Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells). Looking for something that will get them back into the spotlight, they make the trek over to Indiana to help Emma make her dreams come true.

I briefly mentioned the cast earlier, but I must reiterate just how phenomenal they all were. To have such a big budget movie with so many household names is a gift. I really do feel like everyone was casted perfectly and their roles will live rent free in my heart forever.

The music and dancing was amazing. It needed to be and I was so happy at how it was executed. I also appreciated how each actor had some sort of singing capability. And I was very impressed with Jo Ellen Pellmen. I believe that this was her first major role and she definitely has a bright future ahead, especially with that angelic voice of hers. The costumes were full of glitter, lots of bright colors and patterns. It really fit with the Broadway theme. Even the sets were outstanding.

There was a slight dip about midway through and I would have liked to have more ensemble numbers throughout. Also Nicole Kidman could have been in more scenes, but that’s me being biased.

If you love musicals like I do, then you need to watch The Prom. It’s a ton of fun for people of all ages to enjoy and is just the type of film we need nowadays.

Rating: ♥♥♥.5

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