Who's In It: Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Harry Shum Jr, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Gwyneth Paltrow
The Basics: The omnipresent Glee finally gets its chance to lord over you on the silver screen and come right atcha in three dimensions. You know it's just been sitting there, biding its time and waiting…humming to itself and lazily doing the electric slide as it plots world domination. The concert was filmed on their 2011 tour, and includes snippets of the cast being pithy mostly in character. Filling time between songs as to not cause "saccharine cover song overload" are profiles of various real life Gleeks who relate to the show for very personal reasons, including a woman with Asperger Syndrome, a dwarf and a boy who came out as a homosexual in middle school.
What's The Deal: This is the latest in a rash of 3D concert flicks for Lovers of All Things Shiny, like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never or Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. It's not rocket science, folks. For 100 minutes, fans can get lost in a cotton candy laser show of good-looking, corn-fed young people belting out tunes you've heard and loved on the show. In fact, the splendidly mixed and visually overstimulating movie might make your head explode on the spot, Scanners style. Haters beware. Screenings of this movie will be as sacred as church.
Hoorah For More 3D! (Kidding) No. Absolutely not. Making concert movies in 3D is just a ploy to get more of your money and pretend that these movies are cooler than they are. There is so little reason to cram people's faces into those glasses that it's almost offensive. Just because you have the obligatory confetti-explosion-in-the-air scene doesn't make it worth extra cash.
Playing Hooky: The movie makes it clear who the moneymakers are--Rachel (Michelle) and Finn (Monteith) get several numbers, and Mercedes (Riley) and Kurt (Colfer) get to vamp it up a few times. Mike Chang (Shum Jr.) gets to celebrate the fact that he just hangs out and dances on the show, and Brittany (Morris) is in a bra and underwear for her Britney Spears song. Strangely absent was teacher Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison), and as per usual, Tina (Ushkowitz) only gets to sing one or two solo lines. I understand that one has to prioritize, but their fans will be more than a little bummed out.
Unforgettable Moments (Spoiler): I enjoyed getting to hear quick, sanitized snippets about Glee fans. It was a lateral move from getting to see the cast interacting with each other and didn't make me roll my eyes or anything (but that's about as nice as I can be about it). However, lighting the screen on fire and searing his image in my head forever was mini Warbler Kellen Sarmiento, who is a bit of a legend in the Gleek world. This kid is no bigger than a minute but can emulate Blaine's (Criss) moves and sing along like no other. And in a replica of their blazers, too! He takes baby talent to a new level, and I hope that Fox gives him his own movie soon. I also laughed inappropriately loudly when Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays the wacky substitute teacher on the show, shows up and screams, "Is anybody in the mood for some Cee Lo?" When she wraps up her song, she thrusts her hand in the air and says, "Let's get tacos!" It's the little things in life.