*n Sync: Bigger Than Live

on December 31, 2001 by Francesca Dinglasan
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This large-format production delivers just what it promises: one of the most popular boy bands in the world 80 feet high and just as close up as any preteen might ever dream possible. The 48 minutes' worth of concert footage, spliced together from several different shows during *N Sync's recent "No Strings Attached" tour, brings viewers not only on stage with Lance, JC, Joey, Chris and Justin, but right smack dab in their pretty little faces. Every synchronized dance step, every glow-in-the-dark costume and every cornrow on Timberlake's head is magnified to the nth degree, thanks to Iwerks' special 8/70 cameras.

It's not just the guys, however, that are bigger. The sound and lighting effects are immense, lending a remarkably authentic feel to the film's premise of recreating the stadium concert experience. *N Sync's exasperatingly catchy bubble gum pop blended with thousands of screaming girls are accurately deafening, while large floodlights, which Iwerks says have been specially installed in several large-format venues just for this film, dance around the real theatre auditorium in perfect unison with the onscreen show.

Needless to say, the enjoyment afforded by the glitz and glamour of this production depends wholly on the spectator's affinity for *N Sync. Twelve-year-old girls, who comprise the lion's share of the band's fan base--and twelve-year-old boys looking to surround themselves with these starry-eyed demoiselles--are sure to be pleased. For those who do not fit into either category and are still curious to see "Bigger Than Live," it's advisable to come with a sense of nostalgia and a sense of humor. Nostalgia for one's own teen idolatry will help put the *N Sync phenomenon in context; humor's good when contemplating the fact that while the film is certainly "Bigger," the "Live" aspect is doubtful--in terms of the singing, anyway. Starring Lance Bass, Joshua "JC" Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake. Produced by Doug Yellin, Iwerks Entertainment. A Really Big Film Corp. release. Concert film. Unrated. Running time: 48 min.

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