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Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear...

One of the longest running shows on Broadway, Rent was the winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Obie Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, four Tony Awards and three Drama Desk awards.

Negative reviews have hit this movie last year. Has it arrived on the movie screen too late? Or should this musical be adapted on screen in the first place? Having watched Rent at Kallang Theatre (yes, Kallang!) last year, I felt that the magic and direct impact of a musical was lost. Sure enough, there were still moments I felt like clapping at the end of the song, but I suppose it didn't work in a cinema.

Other than Mimi and Joanne, the original cast members reprised their roles for this film, therefore good singing is guaranteed. Rosario Dawson was hot as Mimi, and the resemblance Karen Mok had in the leather suit was uncanny. Cheesy it may sound, but I loved Seasons of Love and Candle in the Wind.

Excellent singing. Infectious songs. So what's wrong with the movie Rent? 15 minutes too long? Should stay as a musical? Perhaps people just aren't interested with drug junkies, lesbians, homeless people who don't pay rent, and a HIV positive drag queen called Angel anymore.

Rent – Fans should enjoy hundred and thirty-five minutes of it.

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