Thursday, May 30, 2019

I used to be Normal - A film review

Fans outside the Beatles hotel in Melbourne in 1964

I know, I know--  I got a little confused and so I am doing Wednesday Review on a Thursday.

The film I am reviewing is called "I used to be Normal....a boyband fan girl story."      This documentary follows four women who are devoted to four different boybands and hears their thoughts, experiences, and devotion to their favorite boyband.

The group represented are The Beatles,  Take That,  Backstreet Boys and One Direction.    The big thing that stands out is that the mania that happens from the girls that love the bands is the same no matter what generation they are in.     As Beatle fans, we can argue that Beatlemania was bigger, more wide-spread, more intense, etc.   But when you watch the footage of girls screaming and going crazy, it all looks the same no matter if they are screaming for The Beatles or for One Direction.   

Personally, I love the BoyBand phenomena.    Anyone that knows me, know that I loved the New Kids on the Block in 1989 and I still love them.   However, I have never been comfortable grouping the Beatles as a "boyband."    The Beatles wrote their own songs, played their own instruments, didn't dance and take off their shirts on stage and they were a serious group.    They are NOT the same as the Backstreet Boys.     However, this film lays out WHY The Beatles should be considered the first boyband (at least in the early years) and while I am still not 100% on board, it was a compelling argument.

The Beatles fan that is interviewed is a first generation fan from Melbourne, Australia.   She tells about how she stayed outside the Beatles hotel when they came to her town (and swears that John waved to her) and she also saw the Beatles in concert (in the 3rd row!).  She goes through her memorabilia and talks about and discusses how the Beatles and their music has helped her get through difficult times in her life.

The other fans were interesting.  I feel so sad for the One Direction girl by the end of the documentary.

I am sure a film about boyband girl fans isn't for everyone, but I enjoyed it.   It is always nice to hear a first generation Beatles fan share her first-hand memories.

In the United States, it is currently showing on the FUSE channel and is On Demand. 

Amazon sells the DVD for outside of the United States


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