I have to admit that when I was told the opening night feature film was a movie about Elmo, I was a more than skeptical. Film critics and Dallas Film Society people alike were raving about this film called Being Elmo. Frankly I thought they were all crazy and had been spending too much time in front of theater screens. Needless to say, my opening night experience expectations were...well, I had none.
The pre-film introductions, recognitions, and awards were entertaining and included the likes of Chairman of the Board, Michael Cain, President, Tayna Foster, Artistic Director (and in my opinion, the most entertaining speaker of the night), James Faust, Diamond Award recipient, Ann-Margaret, Honorary Chair, Ross Perot, and more. During the introductory portion of the evening, it was pointed out that an enormous, red chandelier had been hung in the middle of the Winspear Opera House in honor of Elmo. If it was possible, my expectation level dropped a bit more at this point. I consider myself to be an open-minded viewer, but really? Themed chandeliers??
This is the part where I admit I'm human and hope that those who heard my skepticism about this film forgive me because I absolutely loved it. I'm not one to ever "drink the cool-aid" or be influenced by common opinion, but the story about Kevin Clash (the voice of Elmo) and his journey was entertaining, interesting, and yes, even inspiring. So I'm asking you not to make the mistake I did by having any preconceived notions about this film because it's about a child's television show and furry, red toy. If you can get your hands on a ticket, there is another screening today (Saturday, April 2nd), and I promise, you won't be disappointed.
Second Film Screening: Sat, Apr 2nd 12:30pm at Angelika Film Center #6
Official Film Website
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