I saw the 1988 version of Hairspray several years ago and loved it. Ricki Lake was perfect as the young girl who just wanted to dance.
Recently, I finally got around to seeing the 2007 remake that stars John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, and many others. I love how Hairspray begins – the characters seem completely superficial until the story ramps up. Then, it becomes a great story of moving past outdated attitudes.
Aside from the wonderful story, I confess… I love any movie where John Travolta dances! And dance he does, as gracefully as ever, even in the “fat suit” he wears as Edna Turnblad. Travolta was truly a standout in his unusual role, as the Age.com.au noted.
Would I recommend Hairspray? Definitely.