I was so I excited about NBC airing Madonna's "Confessions Tour" last week, even with the controversial crucifixion cut out. This was a horrible blunder on the network's part: more people would have watched, if only to be able to then voice their outrage. Don't believe me? Check out the ratings. Madonna, her roller-disco dancers and that strange horse-thing she humped pulled only pulled a 3.35% share. (That's about 3.5 million or so, kids.)
But the concert special had bigger problems, way beyond the missing cross and crown of thorns: it was just bad. Plain ol' stinky, yawn-inducing, "I own all her albums, all her remixes on vinyl and CD, and I don't recognize these clunky-arrangements," bad. The concert itself may have been fun to attend, and it featured the usual high-end tech and impressive theatrical production only Madonna can deliver/invent, but the way it was shot (and especially the way it was editing) made in nearly unwatchable.
Yeah, maybe I'm getting older -- or just too old to enjoy what's "hip" these days -- but, the stutter/jump-cuts, and whirlwind merry-go-round of camera angles made it hard for me to get a feel for the show. At one point, I actually counted, and there wasn't a single shot/POV that lasted more than 3 seconds... three freakin' seconds, I mean, COME ON! I've heard/read so much about how MTV generation, etc. are suffering socially and in the classroom because they have no attention span, and how A.D.D.-style entertainment (like this) is to blame.
I'm not sure about all that... all I know is I expected... well, more.