Sunday Aug 15, 2021

‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ Film Review: Teen-Drag Stage Musical Maintains Dazzle as a Movie



But even under those rules, Harwood’s already rarefied quality and Butterell’s adept choices in his film directorial debut — his familiarity with material yields a positive transfiguration from stage to screen — color “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” a high-heeled and glossy romp that’s radical in its loving optimism. Giving a lesson on how to become a star in a single try, Harwood — in his first role ever, in a movie or otherwise — commands attention from the initial defiant lines of the cheeky opening number, “And You Don’t Even Know It.” He juggles the fierce boldness the character puts on when performing and the tenderhearted predicament of a boy who yearns for his father’s acceptance. Wholeheartedly supported by his mother, Margaret (Sarah Lancashire,…. is a property of
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