Took me by surprise when James Gandolfini broke into song and I enjoyed it. The dancing is not exceptional but there is heart to the story and there are no small parts. Minor characters shine too, which I suppose is the perk of having actor turned director - he knows the struggle of actors getting one-dimensional roles.
I've quite simply seen nothing like this before. It's execution in syringing pop ballads into its subject matter remains disjointed. However this only adds to the absurd tone, of what I do not consider to be a musical, but a surreal celebration of human nature captured in film.
Couldn't sit through it. Had the same reaction to the series "Viva Blackpool". Love musicals where I'm not listening to people sing along with the original recordings. This is a very specific problem for me as I love Dennis Potter lip-synched musicals like "Pennies From Heaven" and "The Singing Detective" (television and film).