‘Rocky’ reboot time warps to nowhere

By: Sam Martini ~Staff Writer~

Photos courtesy of collider.com | FOX’s Rocky Horror remake starred Victoria Justice (center) as Janice and Ryan McCartan (center right) as Brad.

Following in the footsteps of NBC, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again is the latest attempt from FOX to cash in on the musical bandwagon.

A remake of the cult classic, it follows Brad and Janet, a recently engaged couple, who are looking for shelter from a storm. This brings them to a nearby castle where they meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter, an eccentric scientist who pulls Brad and Janet into a crazy world.

One of the biggest questions surrounding The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again was whether or not it would follow its predecessor, Grease Live, and be shown live on FOX. Labeled as a television event, the remake did not premiere live but was pre-filmed instead. This confused the public because the show has been traditionally presented as a live production.

Regardless of whether it was live or not, the event is a bit of a trainwreck and shows why remaking a cult classic is difficult.

On paper, the cast seems golden and the production impossible to mess up. But in the finished product, many of the performances come off as lazy and lack-luster.

Leading that charge are Ryan McCartan’s Brad and Victoria Justice’s Janet. Both obviously try to commit to the corniness but only go halfway, making it feel lazy and outright awful in some places. Christina Milian as Magenta comes off the same way but with very little redemption.

The lesser of the evils is Reeve Carney as Riff Raff. While giving a stellar vocal performance that fits the character and bringing something of his own, Carney’s acting performance succumbs to the same fate as the previously mentioned — lazy.

That being said, there are a few saving graces, the bulk being Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Her performance produces the right kind of corniness as well as the style and flare you expect to come with the character. Unfortunately, as hard as she tried, her performance still falls flat in most areas.

The real hero of the event is Adam Lambert as Eddie. Depite only being on screen for five minutes, he embodies the seventies rock n’ roll attitude of the role, made famous by Meatloaf, and does it one better.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again is a match compared to the torch of the original.

While still having a few good moments, it does not make it worth watching.