- Ken Russell represents everything that is bad about the 70s.
- Tommy worked better in the abstract: the scenes where Tommy is tortured, drugged, and molested are horrifying.
- The album was set post WW1, which gave it some distance from contemporary society, but still attached it to an era of disruptive change.
- Ann Margaret, the mother, is about Roger Daltry's age: the beach scene is creepy.
- Speaking of Ann Margaret, the Who performed Tommy at Woodstock with Hendrix and Janis, and Ann Margaret performed with Elvis in Viva Las Vegas: there's an insurmountable culture gap that leaves the movie looking for an audience.
- One improvement over the album was having the mother's boyfriend kill the father.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Recently saw the Tommy movie this evening, and I am reminded why I didn't like it: