New adaptation of cult classic film disappoints

Imagine a world assembled by a medley of brightly colored mohawks, new wave punk and an unnecessary amount of tongue action. That world would be what Fox created with their sad attempt of an adaption of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is most notably known in the form of a 1975 feature-length musical directed by Jim Sharman. The 1975 film stars Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry and singer Meatloaf. The film was a screenplay adaption of a musical stage production.

Creating an adaption of any cult classic is asking for trouble, but every once in awhile it might actually be decent. This isn’t Fox’s first attempt of producing their adaption of a musical. Earlier this year Fox broadcasted a live version of “Grease” and it was widely praised.

With Kenny Ortega directing, having high expectations for it would have been a little bit unrealistic. In his early days, Ortega choreographed “Dirty Dancing” and a few music videos. Soon after, he stepped into the world of directing and made the adolescent hit trilogy of “High School Musical.”

“Grease Live” gained a lot of praise because of how well it managed to appear on screen and the impressive singing during a live broadcast. A lot of practice and precision goes into making a production like that.

Keeping that in mind, Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” wasn’t live so it should have been a better production because they had more freedom to rehearse and make sure everything looked crisp.  

This wasn’t the case.

It was as if a nuclear bomb, composed of cheap Halloween costumes and over-produced music, hit television with the intent of making it seem like a good thing. But as history has taught us, it takes a lot more effort to make an impact.

The wardrobe was atrocious and incredibly tacky. It consisted of tulle material and an ungodly amount of leather and chokers. For a segment of a song that includes one character tap dancing, the actor wore combat boots instead of tap shoes.

Along with the questionable decisions of wardrobe, every time the actors danced in between singing there seemed to be a need for them to stick their tongues out and have them do their own dance number.

The cast mainly consisted of broadway stars that aren’t very well-known to the public. Along with these actors, the musical starred Victoria Justice reprising Susan Sarandon’s character Janet Weiss, and Laverne Cox as Tim Curry’s legendary role of Dr. Frank N. Furter.

Because the production wasn’t live, it was hard to give credibility to how well the actors could actually sing. Despite being unsure of their voices, Justice’s acting stood out the most. She perfectly portrayed the innocence of Janet Weiss without being overbearing. In contrast, Cox’s portrayal of Dr. Frank N. Furter was an absolute flop.

Although slightly controversial to some, Cox taking on the role of a beloved transvestite character seemed like it couldn’t have been any more perfect. Cox had previously gained fame from the popular Netflix original “Orange is the New Black” and has been a spokesperson for the LGBTQ community. Her involvement should have been a success,yet it was anything but.

Cox’s singing was pitchy and lacked strength. At times she was singing in an octave way out of her range and it became unbearable as the showing progressed.

In short, is it the newer, cheapily produced version of “High School Musical” that seems like it was made by an angsty teen that screams “My Manic Panic dyed hair is original!”? Yes. Yes it is.