So I got lazy didn’t feel like changing the channel and watched what TeenNick calls a marathon of “School of Rock.” I’ve decided to do a review of the show because I have a lot of thoughts on it, especially when I saw the movie it’s based on.
Based off of the 2003 movie, which is the only good Jack Black movie, the show is loosely based off of the movie. By loosely, I mean it barely follows its. I was going to do a dirty joke there but this is a children’s show. Dewey Finn pretends to be his best friend, who happens to be a substitute teacher and forms a band out of kids at a prep school in order to win a contest. The takes more of an episodic approach to the plot of the movie, which is understandable due to it’s a series. This creates more back story and development for the characters. It’s just bad they really don’t do that.
Before I get into details, I understand this is a kids show and what I’m going to bring up really doesn’t matter to them. I’m reviewing the show as a whole. The show isn’t bad but rather trying to be more than it should. What made the movie great was the fact that it was different from what was out there and if they would have kept to the flow with the movie more, then it would probably have stood out. Instead, it just looks like another attempt to produce stars. The show itself is a mixture of “Glee” and Kidz Bop into a 30-minute format. While I understand that it’s going to be hard to not perform covers, but it would have been nice to see a few original songs. It would make it stand out. The musical performances aren’t bad but they seem like they are trying too hard. The people are talents, especially if they are actually playing the instruments, which I doubt. But they aren’t anything to cry home about.
One performance that stands out is them performing Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack,” video embedded below. It was a more rock take on it but the vocalist isn’t anywhere near capable yet of hitting the notes that Demi does in the chorus. She tries but it just sounds like karaoke. Also, they are performing songs that are considered pop songs. If they were “School of Rock,” then they would have more of rock-based songs on the show. I get that they are trying to keep the songs geared towards the kids, but this could be the chance to introduce hundreds of amazing rock songs to people who wouldn’t listen to them.
It’s a children’s show so the acting and writing are not so great. If it was a Dan Schneider production, which I’m shocked it’s not, then it would be better. The children aren’t really believable because they are really around the same age. I looked up the ages of them and one is 17 years old while the lead singer is 13 years old. They are supposed to be playing 12-year-olds. That is the biggest flaw besides the music. They could have cast better so that everyone was at least closer to the age in the show. A 17-year-old isn’t convincing enough to play a 12-year-old.
The worst part of this show is that it could be so much more that what it is. I don’t know if it was the creators or the network, but it really could be way better. A televised concept of “School of Rock” has so much potential when done well. This isn’t a good attempt. Especially when there was plenty of concepts introduced in the movie that they could bring into the series and still make it appeal to kids. I hope they reboot it and make into what could be.
Overall, it’s a decent try by Nickelodeon to create stars and pretty much reboot a movie. It just falls flat and doesn’t capture the magic that the base work had when released. It also has an identity crisis as it’s trying to be like “Glee” but still be faithful to the movie it’s barely following. While it’s not geared towards my age group, it could be better. Also, props to me for not comparing it to the original too much.
Rating: 1 out of 5
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