Rent The Movie (when i should be studying)

The time of the year is here again when everyone battle it out to see who can stay awake the longest. The time when stress levels are at an all time high with tensions running high among the students. The time that everyone in university hates. The time of exams.

And guess what me and my bunch of friends were doing last night?

Watching a movie called Rent!
(when we should really be studying...)

I pretty much suck at writing synopsis, a really good movie with good storyline can turn pretty boring if it's left at the hands of me to write a synopsis. So here's the synopsis i cooped from some random website:

Director Christopher Columbus (MRS. DOUBTFIRE, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE) adapts the hit Broadway musical of the same name to the big screen in RENT. A modern spin on the opera LA BOHEME, RENT tells the story of eight friends dealing with life and love in Manhattan's Alphabet City in 1989. Wannabe filmmaker Mark (Anthony Rapp) and singer/songwriter Roger (Adam Pascal) are facing eviction at the hands of their former roommate and current landlord, Benny (Taye Diggs). Benny has married rich, moved out of the neighborhood, and wants to build a state-of-the-art studio where the local tent city stands. Their downstairs neighbor, vivacious Mimi (Rosario Dawson), who strips at a local club to feed her heroin habit, takes a shine to Roger, a self-imposed recluse and former junkie whose last girlfriend died of AIDS. Their friend, Collins (Jesse L. Martin), returns to town and quickly falls for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), a glamorous, gracious, HIV positive transvestite. Finally, there is Maureen (Idina Menzel), a spitfire and performance artist who is planning a protest against Benny's plans and has dumped Mark for cerebral Joanne (Tracie Thoms), a lawyer. Over the course of a year, the friends face poverty, drug addiction, break-ups, reconciliations, eviction, and AIDS. Despite these challenges, they find support, hope, and acceptance in each other, all the while embracing the bohemian lifestyle that was so much a part of the Lower East Side. Newcomers Dawson and Thoms mix seamlessly with the original cast members, and Columbus introduces some interesting staging locations. With a concept, music, and lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, RENT is an exuberant rock-&-roll musical with the underlying message that love can prevail despite all odds and that, ultimately, there really is no day but today.

And for people who are lazy to read through all those words, here's a trailer to substitute for it:

Personally, i like the movie very much.
(Dunno why on Earth gave it a 48% though)
Being raised as a Christian, from young i have been taught of the rights and wrong of life. That "our" way of living was correct while others are wrong. It's correct to fall on love with someone of the opposite sex (heterosexual) but it is wrong to make someone who shares the same sex with you as your soul mate (homosexual). I have been taught to view these people as a disease in society, that their lifestyle is determined by their own choices and they have no one to blame but themselves.

The way this movie focuses on the life of these people who we consider as the outcasts of society; transvestite, homosexuals, drug users and people who suffer from AIDS coupled with all the thought provoking music is really an eye opener. Somehow, i have come to think of my life as being superior than those of these outcasts. But one question that this movie managed to knock into my brain was:

Since when being different means it's wrong?

Well, maybe all of us should stop being so judgmental and learn a bit from this song from the movie:

It's time to start loving!


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