Rewatched May 10, 2012
Grandly entertaining. Milos Forman's naturalistic treatment of this classic hippie musical allows it to remain fresh. The story's dated elements are easily overlooked as the movie pops with an infectious energy. Besides, it's intended to be a time capsule - very keyed in to the era and philosophy that it celebrates. In that spirit, the film remains an almost perfect period piece... It's vibrant, truthful, surprisingly sprawling and often very funny. Twyla Tharp's choreography sometimes gets silly during the more elaborate numbers, but Forman always grounds it in reality, never allowing it to become pretentious. This is a great film.