#Musical Monday Review #24: The Identical

**I know technically it is not a musical, but totally worth a watch and full of music.**

Overview: Twin boys separated at birth due to parents being unable to properly care for both. A preacher and his wife take the child as God’s will for they cannot reproduce otherwise. The two boys grow up differently but one thing brings them together, music. Drexel Hemsley, the boy kept, becomes a big star; while Ryan Wade was pushed into being a preacher via military man. Ryan grows tired of trying to become what his father wanted and branches out to be a mechanic occasionally singing in honky tonks. He marries and she pushes him into a Drexel Hemsley impersonator contest, which he wins by vote of his unknown twin popping in and viewing his performance. Other than that, the two never meet. Drexel goes on with his stardom and Ryan becomes “The Identical,” a traveling Drexel impersonator. After a few years, Ryan wants to do his own music but his manager won’t allow it so he goes back to being a mechanic and making records to send to producers. Being turned down again, he thinks of giving up. One day he is in the shop talking with a friend when all of a sudden he collapses. At the same time, Drexel’s plane crashes to the ground killing him. Ryan mourns for the loss of a part of himself and his dad becomes upset that he is no longer doing anything with his life. He becomes so upset he has a mild heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. Ryan discovers the truth in a letter his birth father wrote to him, hiding in a desk drawer while looking for his adopted father’s medication. Upset, he takes a solo vacation to come to terms with everything and is reunited with his birth father. He decides to continue his brother’s legacy as the Identical and sing his songs as well.

Opinion: A great story about what might have happened, if Elvis’s brother had lived. I jump to Elvis Presley not just because the actor, Blake Rayne, is Identical to him but because this is a big possibility and possibly a new conspiracy theory.

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FOR SUNDAY FEATURES - Blake Rayne  - HANDOUT
FOR SUNDAY FEATURES – Blake Rayne – HANDOUT

The family said the twin died, they had a little ceremony and buried a shoebox, while really they couldn’t afford to take care of two children so they gave one away to a better life. It is highly possible, and Like in the movie only one twin finds out because the other dies before learning the truth. It is completely possible given that it would make sense. This movie is a wonderful fairytale of what might have been.

#Musical Monday Review #11: Spinout

Overview: Race car driver, Mike McCoy, meets a girl that runs him off the road and while he is wading in the shallow river he drove into all she wants to do is talk about dating him. Unknowingly, there is a second girl hiding in the bushes watching him. Mike also moonlights as a singer at a jazz club where women throw themselves at him, and he is offered five grand to sing one song for a woman’s birthday but he refuses because he and the band have other commitments. Then we learn his drummer also has a crush on him, but he seems to treat her more like a little sister than a prospective lover. Mike is still being followed by a stalker and catches her spying and confronts her. She happens to be an author who is writing a book about the perfect American man. Her current chapter is about musician, explaining why she’s been following him for weeks. The music group moves on to their next gig, but during rehearsals they find that their tour has been canceled due to having to sing at the birthday party. Cynthia, the birthday girl, is the same one who ran him off the road and her dad is a big business man dealing with car manufacturing. After canceling Mike’s tour and forcing him to sing for his daughter, he offers a racing job in a brand new car. Mike declines, because he has issues with rich people buying others off. The author decides Mike is the perfect man and decides to marry him. Cynthia conspires with her dad to keep him in town so she can marry him. As a ploy to keep them in town, Cynthia sends a cop over to their campsite to kick them out of town. Mike talks a sweet old couple into going on a vacation so he and the band can move into the house next door and stay awhile. There is immediate attraction to the author, and he is slowly falling for Cynthia. The drummer is too shy to voice her opinion and quietly loves him from the sidelines while trying to keep him away from other girls. Even though she is trying to be woo’d by a cooking cop. Seeing trouble, the other band members get together and plan to get Mike to drive for Mr. Foxhugh, even after he declined in the first place. His ego kept him in town, his love of cars gets him to drive the new car. That is until Mike is told not to marry Cynthia and Mike decides not to drive for him. Mike enters the race with his own car to beat the new car. Throughout the movie Mike is against marriage, but we see him start warming up to the idea as he starts hearing wedding bells anytime he kisses one of the girls. The night before the big race, Les dolls herself up and kisses Mike confessing her love. He then lands in hot water when confronted by other suitors for the girls. Race day comes and the little couple come home to watch the race, helping enforce his need to make a decision. Phillip, Cynthia’s feinting suitor, steals Mike’s car, forcing Mike to use a disqualified competitor’s to win the race. In an attempt to talk with Mike, Cynthia joins the race and is run off the road into the same creek she pit him in, in the beginning. After the race, he had made his choice, he married all three women…to the other suitors.

Overview: I love Elvis!!! Now that the fan girl moment is over, the musical is a bit cheesy and the music only serves to showcase Elvis’ voice. For the most part, the music doesn’t do anything for the movie. Most musicals, the music furthers the story or the storyline is very dependent on the music. Here we see music for the sake of music. The songs are put in place just so they can make money, without them or Elvis there is a good chance this movie would have never been made. With him being such a big star at the time, anything Elvis touched was turning to gold…except for his beloved westerns. The fans wanted to hear him sing and watch him dance, they didn’t care if the musical itself was any good. Which is why this musical, and others, turned out to be a disappointment for me. He had the potential to make the musical great, but because his heart wasn’t in it and the script was poor, it just didn’t come out as a grand musical. So unfortunately I do not have any favorites from this musical.

List of Musicals Up for Review

A couple of days ago, I decided to branch out and also write some music reviews, but like an idiot, I did not not give a list of what I plan on reviewing before I asked for suggestions. So here is a list of those I do plan on reviewing, and if there are more suggestions please feel free to comment. May not be in exact order that I review them.

1. Sound of Music

2. RENT

3. Mary Poppins

4. Little Shop of Horrors

5. Evita

6. Jesus Christ Superstar

7. Repo! The Genetic Opera

8. The Phantom of the Opera

9. Oklahoma!

10. Grease

11. Grease 2

12. Hair

13. Hairspray

14. Blue Hawaii

15. GI Blues

16. Spinout

17. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

18. Selena

19. Rocky Horror Picture Show

20. The Beatles: Yellow Submarine

21. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Chipmunk Adventure

22. Beauty and the Beast

23. Aladdin

24. Sleeping Beauty

25. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

26. Fiddler on the Roof

27. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

28. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

29. Across the Universe

30. Hello Dolly!

31. Cry Baby

32. Labrinth