Excerpt: This week's Bad Movie We Love teems with 2010 Oscar bait and the energy of a billion Glee basers : It's Newsies , mistah! Jawnalism's finest musical! It's got ink on its fingahs! And Christian Bale's undying shame , too. Yes, Mr. Batman, The Fighter 's best supporting actor , starred in Disney's 1992 flop about the newsboy strike of 1899 when he was just 18-years-old.
Excerpt: The streets are filled with people on the go, looking to make it to their destination on time, so they have little time to stop and check on the news. This is where the newspaper sellers come in, as they shout out the day’s top stories in hopes of selling their issues, which is how these young boys eat, put clothes on their backs, and keep a roof over their heads.
Conclusion: Twenty years later, Newsies is still a lot of fun, with some of the appeal no doubt stemming from its fitting underdog status. Had the world embraced this movie with acclaim, awards, box office success, and sequels, its faults might be more glaring and bothersome. As is, though, it is a sweet and scrappy production, oozing with charm, heart, and toe-tapping music.
Excerpt: I have no idea why I connected with a Welsh-born Englishman playing a New York City kid singing about Santa Fe, but I did. I probably wore out my VHS copy of Newsies in my tweens, but as I grew older, I set the film aside in search of more mature pleasures (though I retain a love of musicals to this day). I was a bit nervous revisiting the film for Newsies: 20th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) .
Conclusion: In all good conscience I cannot recommend this movie unless you happen to already be a fan of it for some reason and you’d like to upgrade to this high definition version. The movie is pretty terrible, the songs aren’t that great (which is surprising since they came from The Little Mermaid’s Alan Menken), and even the acting is mostly bad. The Blu-ray itself is decent with decent audio and visual quality and a surprising amount of extras too.
Summary: Newsies ' history as a film is as unlikely as that of its titular heroes. The biggest live action flop in Disney's history (at the time), it steadily built a devoted following on home video until it not only recouped its costs, but also spawned a hit stage musical that is currently filling the house on Broadway (and, like most successful musicals, can look forward to a profitable national tour).
Excerpt: I have a secret passion for musicals. Somehow, they epitomize what films are about for me: productions where emotions are so heightened that the only solution is to do something magical. That magic, of course, is the song and dance. There are few things in this life better than a well done musical. However, watching one fall short is something to be avoided. With such films there's no such thing as a near-hit. They either work, or they don't.