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Jan 09, 2006

Flight of the Bumblebee

DrumlineI'd wondered about Drumline since I saw its previews back in 2002.  And now that I've seen it, I can tell you it's tight -- with dialogue that's quick to set mood, explain thoughts, or explain the story.  And then it's back to the drumming.

In one scene [minor spoiler alert], the cross-town rival's music director (Mr. Wade) offers a scholarship to the main character (Devon) who has just been booted from his own school's band.  It's a big offer -- a chance to play and more importantly a chance to finish college.  But it comes with a catch -- inside information about Devon's former bandleader's (Dr. Lee) strategy for an upcoming competition between the schools. Devon begins by claiming he doesn't know anything about Dr. Lee's plans.

Mr. Wade:  Give me something, meet me halfway on this thing.  You don't want to pass up a deal like this.

[2.5 second pause with ominous music]

Devon:  Look, man, I don't know what Dr. Lee got planned.  But whatever it is, I hope he wipes your ass up with it.  [walking off...] Fake-ass alligator shoes...

Bam.  Done.  Back to the music.  Lesser (or greater) director/writer teams would have taken a lot more than 3 seconds to get from point A to point B.  But not in this movie.

In an attempt to honor their conciseness, here's my summary:

1. Story -- standard feel-good sports flick played with drumsticks, based on the life of one of the producers.

2. Characters and language -- the typical stereotypes using cliche language, but not that much of it.

3.  Music and choreography -- pretty cool, and definitely fun.

4.  A fine leisure-time watch.  "Word.  I mean 'Yeah'"

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i really liked this movie, too!
however, i spent far too many years marching myself around football fields to have any kind of objective opinion.

"marching band" and "drum corps" are both in my tivo 'wish list'.

Posted by: christa | Jan 10, 2006 1:56:04 PM

"Hit 'em with a little 'Flight of the Bumblebee'!"

God, I love that line. My folks are watching "Drumline" this evening, and I appreciate it as much as ever. Particularly on the big screen TV.

One thing about the filming -- the directors use some interesting techniques to make several on-field scenes look particularly "flash". I'm wondering if they did the equivalent of cutting out half of the frames to make the motion a little bit choppier/jumpier?

Posted by: Phil | Apr 18, 2006 9:39:08 PM