Thoughts on Hedwig


A dream
Or a song
That hits you so hard
Filling you up
And suddenly gone

- "Midnight Radio", from Hedwig and the Angry Inch

I've seen several versions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (one when it was originally off-Broadway, but sadly with Ally Sheedy rather than John Cameron Mitchell, two on stage in Portland, and the film in various venues). Every time, I've felt this amazing rush of emotions--sadness, grief, complete joy, and awe at the true brilliance of the work. Last night was no different. S. and I went to a "Hedwig Sing-Along" at our local cool-ass indie theater, and it was a great time. But it's more than a great time. It's more than, as the host said, "the greatest rock movie of all time." It's this trascendent, spiritual experience. I know that sounds weird, but there it is.

So if you haven't seen it (gah!) or haven't seen it lately, check it out again. If you are anything like me, it's a mind-blow, and ultimately and uplifting experience, every time.


This may sound like a stupid question, but what do you like about it? I have never seen it live, but I found it a boring and mostly confusing (as I couldn't tell what anyone was saying) movie, and I didn't really like the music. I know everyone's totally batty for it, but I don't get it. I also don't get why anyone likes Rocky Horror, so maybe the whole transvestite rock musical is not for me...

First, I don't think it's anything like Rocky Horror. Rocky Horror is fun and all, but it's sort of dumb. Hedwig, on the other hand, is genius. It's hard for me to really say what I like about it, because I like everything about it. I think the music is amazing. I think the acting is good. I think the modern myth aspect of it is amazing. I love the animation. I think it's hysterically funny. I think it's freak-empowering. I connect to it on a pretty visceral level, and have since I first saw it, and more so each time. It's not necessarily something I can put into words.

I didn't even get the story. The whole movie I just didn't understand a damn thing that was going on. I still have no idea thing one what the story was about. I am always annoyed by musicals tho, so that probably added to it. And I could not understand anything Hedwig said. I had to put on subtitles. And it's not like I have a problem understanding German accents, generally.

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