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ARNOLD WAYNE JONES I Life+Style Editor
You know that cliche that life's not about the
destination, but the journey? Well, that's kinds
true.'.of Glee, too — specifically, the Journey song
"Don't Stop Believin',''
That anthem, which was performed at the
conclusion the pilot episode of the series about
Midwestern high school students coming to
terms with their loser-hood, set
the stage for what has become a
cultural touchstone: A series that
celebrated outcasts in the same
way Lady Gaga has. Little Mon-
sters, Gleeks ... they're all nerds
with iPods and a sense of humor.
(New Directions even performs "Born this
Way," speaking to its timeliness.)
"Don't Stop Believin'" also kicks off the new
theatrical release Glee The 3D Concert Movie,
and is played during the closing credits. Hey,
when you have a formula that works, why in-
troduce New Coke?
But this concert film is a strange hybrid —
neither fully part of the series nor outside of it.
The cast of Glee perform their hits songs, but all
in character as their teen counterparts; in back-
ftage interviews (and for the fans out front),
they maintain the facade that 29-year-old actor
Cory Monteith is really 17-year-old virginal
jock Finn Hudson. That creates a convolution, if
not a paradox: The Glee kids are lovable be-
cause they are nobodies, so why has all of New
GLEE THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE
Lea Michele, Cory Monteith,
Chris Colfer, Darren Criss.
Rated PG. 85 mins.
Now playing in wide release.
Jersey showed up to the Meadowlands to
watch them perform an arena-rock concert with
enough special effects to start a James Cameron
film? When gay kid Kurt (Chris Colfer) looks at
the camera to say, "Thank you for loving me" to
his adoring fans, is he still Kurt?
Once you can get beyond this peculiarity,
you begin to enjoy the film for what it is — that
is, if you allow yourself to enjoy it. Watching
the Glee movie is probably a lot like calling the
DE A and reporting your ex as a
Colombian drug mule: All In
good fun, until someone finds
Yes, it's a kind of coming out
experience to admit you enjoyed
a movie.aimed at a teen audience
(although middle-aged gay men are clearly the
secondary target demo). The enthusiasm sur-
rounding Glee isn't appreciably different than
that showered upon teenybopper acts like
Justin Bieber or the Jonas Brothers: Rabid fan-
fed joy fueling a giddy sense of teen empower-
But the greatest hoots from the audience-
aren't for new songs (there aren't any original
compositions) or even on fresh covers — it's for
the songs that have already been on the show.
All of which makes a Glee concert something
unique: A nostalgia tour for a TV series about to
start only its third season. It seems appropriate,
in the Twitter era, that such instant gratification
has made us wistful about things we saw on TV
just last spring.
DON'T STOP | Lovable losers of the New Directions choir take to the stage as rock gods in the hybrid
music celebration 'Glee The 3D Concert Movie.'
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