Eighty percent of this movie is overly talky PBS Masterpiece Theater with a lot of tea-sipping and thick dreary dialogue. The other twenty percent is batshit crazy surreal WTF moments that feel more awkward than interesting. It's not a ratio or combination that worked for me. Throw in a pretty lame twist at the end and you have a sad dud. Also, this disc tried to kill my DVD player, so that's probably a sign of something.
I can get behind the zany 50s low-budget feel and tone of this film. Some of the characters would work pretty well in some other setting - George Dawson, who plays the town butcher in a wonderfully hammy and chipper fashion, is a standout. Two big problems with this film, though - the first is that it's unnecessarily a musical. I don't have a problem with musicals, but this has a train wreck of a soundtrack packed with mediocre to…