This movie is part of history for his elegant, goofy, kitsch, sophisticated and stylish melodramatic facture. However it terribly aged, same goes with the music.The word "amazing" is not really appropriate. Moreover I'm not really found of musical comedies (Phantom of Paradise...). This one does not equal Russell's fabulous chronicles about Debussy / Rossetti.
Perfect marriage of rock opera and Ken Russell's over-indulgence. Triumph of set design and vision. Cast uniformily game in adapting Townsend's story of the deaf dumb and blind boy. Ann Margaret aces as Mrs Walker exhuding sex appeal and charm. Oliver Reed fun as Uncle Frank and Daltry perfect as Tommy. Lots of cameos, bizarre little moments and great music. A great film to experience again.
Not a great film, but worth seeing for two scenes in particular: Ann-Margret's orgasmic ecstasy amid bucketfuls of beans, chocolate, and soap, and Tina Turner's scorching hot, quiveringly insane rendition of "The Acid Queen". These are two of the greatest scenes of all-time. I'm less enthusiastic about the rest of Tommy, but at least it's never boring!
By no means an excellent film but clearly a great one. All Russel's strengths as a director (and some of his weaknesses, too) come together to create a stunning British farce masquerading as an epic melodrama. My fandom of The Who and general 1970s excess ensured I would love this film even before I saw it and despite growing older and wiser, I can't bring myself to love it any less. www.foec.wordpress.com