Repo! and Amber Sweet Review
Let’s start from the beginning. We arrived there at around 9:15pm. There was a huge lineup of people surrounding the building. They were all waiting to see Repo!
At 9:45pm, they finally let us in. We got our seats, at the back of the theater. The movie didn’t started until at around 10:20 – 10:30pm, because there were still many people coming in and trying to find seats. I think some of them had to sit on the stairs.
Before the movie began, someone went on stage to talk about the event and thank us for coming… He then introduced the director of the movie Darren Lynn Bousman, who got a round of applause and said a few words about the movie before introducing two actors from the movie and the Spy Kids girl Alexa Vega. That was pretty much it. As I said, this was a loud and energetic crowd who seemed very eager and excited to finally see the movie!
Alright, regarding Repo! and Paris Hilton, you guys will be amazing and disappointed. First, I’m going to say that before you go and see this movie, I strongly suggest that you fully research about it and understand the story. Maybe, going to the official website and spending some time to really read about the characters would be a good idea, because I personally found it a bit difficult to follow the story. I just understood the basics. However, I’m sure that the story is not really complicated. Throughout the movie, I was just very excited and couldn’t wait to see the Amber Sweet scenes lol.
And Amber doesn’t make an appearance until 30 or 40 minutes later (bad estimate) in the movie. It’s actually a very short appearance, maybe about a minute or less, and then she disappears for a while.
At the end of every major scene, the audience applauded. Like I said, they were very excited and supportive. Even when Amber made her very first appearance, they applauded. I think they also liked the way she looked, hehe. There were no haters, rude comments, or anything like that, just praises and applauds for every actors and actresses.
Later in the movie, Amber makes a second appearance, but this is more of an introduction. Each character sort of had an introduction scene, which I found very interesting. Amber’s introduction is really kewl and quite wild! Yes, she is also singing, and her voice is very clear and loud, at times. Honestly, I think Paris did a really good job. I was impressed, and the way she played her character, it was very fascinating and made you want to see more of her!
Note that this movie is completely different from what we’re used to seeing from Paris. The way the characters move and interact with each other is quick and often violent, but it’s still kewl the way it’s done! Like in the Hottie and the Nottie, in Repo!, Paris is playing herself. No, she is actually playing the media-image of Paris Hilton! This is where it get kind of gets weird. She’s basically playing the role of a spoiled brat who is obsessed with plastic surgrey and wants to fix her body parts (mostly her face). You guys already know this. Then again, it doesn’t mean that they were making fun of Paris.
When we left the theater, I overheard two girls saying that Paris Hilton was “really good” in the movie, but they also said she was only “being herself.” So I think, when people see this movie, they will see that she can act, she can sing, but the role she is playing will sort of make them believe that that’s how she is in real life. Anyway, this is a small criticism and not very problematic, but it was just something that kinda bothered me, moreso when I was watching the movie.
One MAJOR disappointment is that the song “Come Up and Try My New Parts” is no where to be found!!!!!!!!!! I think they cut out the scene from the movie, possibly due to time constraints. And maybe you were expecting this, but Paris’ role in the movie is indeed small. However, she is definitely there and singing. Contrary to what Paris and the director said, it was very easy (for me) to see Paris Hilton in Amber Sweet. She was just wearing different clothes with heavy makeup. Quite recognizable! And of course, she definitely looked stunning!
One thing that I enjoyed about the movie is the music. I won’t say that all of the songs were catchy, but they were all well composed. I guess there’s something for everyone, too. The “main” song was absolutely the best: “At the Opera Tonight.” Very catchy! Almost all of the characters sang this song together. The scene was played before the opera show began, as they were preparing for it. And you know, the clip we saw in the first trailer where there’s a guy sitting in a trash can and Amber singing “one more hit for the show”? After that small clip, the scene moves on to other characters. So it’s not like both of them were carrying a singing conversation after the clip.
I wrote a lot of Amber, and obviously, the movie is not mainly about her, but I also want to say that I was impresssed by some of the actors. Sarah Brightman was just amazing. She also has a good introduction scene, and I like the way she was in the movie and the way she was moving. I think she was made to play her character! Some of the Sarah Brightman fans from this site will be excited to see her in the movie. Alexa Vega also played her part very well. She is a very good actress and singer. I really enjoyed the last song she sang. It’s the one I posted on the website, a few months ago.
Honestly, all of the songs that we heard from the trailers and the clips are the best ones, because like I said, I didn’t like all of them, just some of them, including the ones that Paris sang.
Overall, this movie is very different. It’s unlike any movie I’ve seen before. I haven’t seen “the Rocky Horror Picture Show,” but the art in Repo! is stunning. The effects and the designs are perfect. It’s a very “dark” movie. A bit of dark comedy, too.
I must think about it and see it again, not only for Amber, but also to understand it better. As you know, the soundtrack is coming out in September. There’s some very good songs of all genres. And these are not just any songs you hear on the radio. Some of them are just as good as the ones in the debut album, but of course, completely different. I don’t know, the song “At the Opera Tonight” was so good!
When I get the chance, I will you show you the leaflet we got at the theater. There’s the list of songs from the movie, and much to your disappointment, you’ll see that “Come Up and Try My New Parts” is not there. Maybe they will add it on the DVD or soundtrack.
Oh yeah, small spoiler ahead:
At the very end of the movie (not at the end, you’ll see), stay seated!! There’s a little “surprise,” involving Amber Sweet, hehe.
If there’s some things I forgot to say, I’ll mention them in another post.
Posted: July 19th, 2008
Time: July 19, 2008, 11:05 am
wow, looks you had an amizing time at the repo! screenig!!!! I really can´t wait to see this movie, REALLY!!!!
so bad Paris´character is not that big, but I´m sure it will help for people to know that she can act and she can sing…
good to know Sarah is at her best… l´m soo excited this is her very first movie ever so l´m realy looking fwd to it, actually l´m just back from Ticketmaster, Sarah´s coming to Mexico on November, and i got my ticket!!! the ocncertt is the 8 so a day after the Repo! premiere, I hope we get to see it here, and I hope Paris would promote worldwide the movie, if it geat a worl wide release…
thanks 4 the review it was really hot
From: PARIS HILTON LOVER™
Time: July 19, 2008, 2:01 pm
What is Paris doing when she is dancing in the rain!!!???
I know I heard that Paris has small but was imortant!
I know the surprise I heard Paris say her face disintegrates!
Time: July 19, 2008, 2:55 pm
how was the movie on a scale from 1 to 10???
Time: July 19, 2008, 2:58 pm
wow it sounds like pairs/amber is only in 2 or so scenes in the whole movie. waaah! i’ll still definitley go see it.
You have to see rocky horror…i’m sactually surprised ther is anyone on the planet who hasn’t. i think you’ll like it.
Time: July 19, 2008, 3:09 pm
Seems like Paris is hardly in it at all and that a lot of her scenes were cut out.
Did she sing “Blame Not my Cheeks” at the Opera? Wow I can’t believe she didn’t sing Come Up and Try My New Parts in the movie…
Time: July 19, 2008, 5:43 pm
I still can’t wait for the movie.
Time: July 19, 2008, 8:02 pm
Shame she doesnt sing Come Up and Try My New Parts, I was so looking forward to hearing Paris’ version of that.
Hm, not much else really to say. Im glad you enjoyed it :]
Time: July 20, 2008, 12:57 am
Less excited about the movie now. It’s the kind of movie I know I’ll like because of the horror/sci-fi theme, rock music and what there is of Paris. But although she’s not the main star or character I was hoping for more of Paris than what Enkil’s review suggests. And it sounds like no matter how good Paris is, people will walk away saying she’s “playing herself” GAH! Hope there’s an extended version on DVD/Blu-Ray. Thanks for the review, Enkil.
Time: July 20, 2008, 5:49 am
I will see the movie and buy the cd/dvd simply because Paris is in it.
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Time: July 20, 2008, 9:14 am
PARIS HILTON LOVER™,
Oh no, I don’t know if she was dancing in the rain, but they only showed clips of it in the introduction scene of Amber Sweet. You guys must see that scene. Everyone liked it and applauded! 🙂
Maybe 7.5/10, but mostly because it wasn’t easy to follow the story. The singing sometimes made it difficult to understand the lyrics. Also, the movie is VERY loud and flashy.
No, more than that! There are some scenes where we see her for a couple of minutes, but in other scenes, she only appears for a few seconds and then disappears again. There’s one where she is with Rotti and complaining about her looks. I really liked it, but it portrays Amber as a spoiled brat. The singing was fun, too!!
I’ll see rocky horror one day… 😉
Yes, yes!!! She sang it at the opera, but it only lasted for a minute. At the end, the audience booed her, but for a reason! Not seeing the “Come Up and Try My New Parts” scene was my biggest disappointement. 🙁
I don’t want to suggest that you shouldn’t see the movie or anything. You must definitely go and see it at the theater! I know she’s not the main character, but she’s still part of the movie and her scenes are fun and exciting. As I said, it makes you want more of her.
I’m sure you will like it, as I did! It’s still a MUST-SEE movie!
Time: July 20, 2008, 11:01 am
Omg, such a lucky guy to have seen the movie before all of us! I must tell you, I was in downtown Montreal last Friday too but didn’t buy my ticket. sucks!
Oh yeah, one question: is this a scary movie in overall? And did you get some goosebumps when paris came up on the screen?
(sorry my bad english, im so french from native lol) living in montreal anww! 🙂
Time: July 20, 2008, 11:39 am
Oh that’s ok! Tu peux écrire en français si tu préfères! 😉
To answer your question, this is not scary movie. I didn’t really get scared.
And yes, I did get goosebumps when Amber first appeared on screen, because it was Paris Hilton, of course!
I also got a few goosebumps from listening to some of the songs, notably “At the Opera Tonight.” Too bad I won’t hear them again until September!
From: kevin benoit
Time: July 20, 2008, 12:25 pm
i saw the movie too but what was the surprise cauz i left at the generic!!1
Time: July 20, 2008, 1:26 pm
OMG ENKIL ONE OF THE FIRST REVIEW..(NEW)
“The most surprising performance however comes from Miss Paris Hilton herself. Her performance as the spoiled and plastic surgery addicted daughter, Amber Sweet was actually quite good. So good in fact, it made me feel guilty for all those times I ever doubted she would be the worst part in this film. Although her role is minuscule compared to the rest, all her scenes are quite memorable (especially the comeuppances her character gets on stage) and she can actually hold her own in terms of singing as well. If Paris is the reason you are avoiding this film, you should reconsider, because if anything she is one of the strongest parts. (Yup…I can’t believe I said that either! :P)”
Time: July 20, 2008, 1:47 pm
Woot Woot! To andres review he found! EVERYONE is loving our girl Paris! I just wish with movie was SUPER SUPER mainstream with HUGE HUGE 3000+ theater movie so everyone could see how amazing she is but it’s not. I’m trying my hardest to get this movie out by mouth, I’ve swayed many people to come watch this with me so far.
I pray it comes to my city, I pray. Sad, here in Washington you have to be 17 to buy Rated R tickets and when it comes out I’ll be exactly 3 weeks shy of being 17. Hopefully I can pull something off.. Anyways, LMAO! ENKIL! Blame Not my Cheeks is a hilarious song! Hopefully Darren will release “COME UP..” early on repo-opera.com because it’s not in the movie and it can’t spoil anything so might as well release it as a buzz track. I’m pretty sure any song with Paris will get its way around the internet super fast and create some buzz for the movie. I’ll be buying the soundtrack, going to watch the movie, and buying the DVD. Plus buying anything related to Paris!
Time: October 1, 2008, 9:25 am
My son is a huge fan of Paris Hilton and has been for many years. I am going crazy right now looking for the Repo: A Generic Opera Cd in stores and cant find it anywhere. I dont want to wait for shipping. So does anyone know where I can find it in the NY/NJ area??? I will never forget the day he met Paris and she gave him a kiss on the cheek and signed his paris book and cd. I really need to find this cd.. Help??