Is it still safe to stay in Los Feliz? LOL.
Still, it seems a bit campy and I could see it staying around and be a big huge success at HHN. The costumes were nice, but the video really didn't wow me, but good report anyway!
I really wish that more attractions angled toward adults would open. I know that kids tend to equal money in this business, but that leaves little room for true variety. It's the same in the music business. When someone hits upon success, other people try to copy that success...hence the trends in music. The problem with following a formula is that people eventually tire of seeing or hearing the same thing over and over again. I see it happening in the amusement/theme park shows. The shows are cheesy, bland, and homogenized..taking no chances whatsoever. Quite simply, there's no heart and soul or personality in it, no real artistic expression All the music acts have become showtune cover bands instead of being real artists/performers. The shows are all either stunt shows, ice skating, or karaoke. Instead of being designed out of creativity, they are all designed out of fear of angering or offending someone. I'm not saying that they should be shocking and/or offensive in the name of art, but they also don't need to be complete sellouts in the artistic department.
Part of the problem, at least in my neck of the woods, is that most of the major parks in this area are owned by chains. I've always been a huge fan of Cedar Fair's rides, but their shows are boring, plain and simple. Paramount's shows weren't much better either...a disappointing fact considering all the movies they had to work with. I understand that they need to appeal to kids, but there are also plenty of adults out there that wish there was something for them besides an overpriced drink. After all, some of us do like to go to the park without kids In an age where everyone plays it safe, it's good to see some parks stepping out and taking a chance.
Like I said, the costuming looks so much better than I could have imagined, but it looks a little to edgy for a family park (yes, Universal is a family park no matter what they try to do in the ADs)
As for "Creature", I think it looks like a lot of fun. I used to go to a lot of local productions that were campy, sci-fi, and adult-oriented and I always had a good time. This brief snippet reminds me of those classic midnight rock operas. I hope it stays around long enough for me to see the full show in person someday!
Thanks for the report, Robert.
It's a different mix than even Universal Orlando, and certainly different than Disney.
I've said it before - they have attractions with height restrictions, so why don't they have attractions with age restrictions?
So while the show was (as always) visually stunning, and the actors quite earnest, and even the opening song or two was great, the show as a whole was quite weak. If you want edgy entertainment, let's get them to keep the Bill and Ted show in there year round. At least that had decent jokes.
This show will certainly not be pulling anyone off of the Citywalk. Can you imagine: "Hey hunny, let's pay sixty bucks to go to Universal Studios for two hours so we can see that new show" - get real!
I gave the show a 2/5 based merely on the great special effects and performances given by the actors. You say Creature hit its mark, but that makes me wonder what mark it was shooting for exactly.
I'm seventeen years old, and a mild fan of the original film. I was exceptionally excited to check this show out, and did not want to believe the early reports that it was a little bit less than clever. However despite wanting to like it with all my heart, I could not help but find the jokes childish and quite frankly stupid.
I can admire Universal trying to be edgy, but even a show like Waterworld has some adult humor and remains to be one of the best theme park shows out there.
As I said before, making a show edgy for the sake of making it edgy is stupid if you can not come up with clever jokes. One song lyric goes "I'm hung, I'm hung, I'm hungry." -- really? Honestly? That's not funny, that's not sexy, that's dumb.