MOVIE REVIEW: Miss Saigon is a special cinema experience

Eva Noblezada as Kim in a scene from the movie Miss Saigon.
Eva Noblezada as Kim in a scene from the movie Miss Saigon. Matthew Murphy

A NEW cinematic release of the classic musical Miss Saigon creates an immersive experience for movie-goers.

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new staging of Boublil and Schönberg's Miss Saigon was one of the most highly anticipated musical events of ther West End recent years, smashing box office records and winning numerous awards.

Shot in front of an audience at the blockbuster musical's 25th anniversary performance at London's Prince Edward Theatre, Miss Saigon: The 25th Anniversary Performance gives cinema-goers a front-row seat for the sell-out event.

Unlike a big-screen adaptation of a musical, this film captures the stage production in an exciting way.

Cameras move around the stage with the performers, creating close-up shots and various angles you wouldn't see from your theatre seat at a live show without binoculars.

The dynamic camera work makes you feel like you're right on stage with the performers who, incredibly, were recorded in just one take.

Jonathan Pryce in a scene from the movie Miss Saigon.
Jonathan Pryce in a scene from the movie Miss Saigon. Richard Davenport

Their voices, and the orchestra, were taken directly from the show's sound system with no overdubs. This makes the performances in the film all the more impressive.

Miss Saigon is loosely inspired by Puccini's Madame Butterfly.

Set in 1975 in Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, it tells the dramatic tale of Kim - a young bar girl orphaned by war who falls in love with an American GI only for their love and lives to be torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

This modern staging also features large set pieces, including a helicopter and giant head of the Statue of Liberty, that look even more impressive on the big screen.

This is a must-see for musical theatre fans. If Miss Saigon is new to you, then this is a great introduction.

Miss Saigon is in select cinemas for a limited time from Saturday October 15.

Miss Saigon

Stars: Eva Noblezada, Hugh Maynard, Jon Jon Briones, Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce.

Rating: M

Reviewer: Seanna Cronin

Verdict: 4/5 stars

Topics:  miss saigon movies musical theatre

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