On top of the cool story-line and good-cheesy dialogue, this film enthralled me with its huge cast of secondary characters and cameo appearances by such greats as Kim McGuire as the amazing Hatchet-Face, Iggy Pop (his bathtub scene is tops), Patty Hearst, America’s favorite kidnapped heiress, recently of age (at the time of the film’s shooting) ex-porn starTraci Lords, Troy Donahue, Joe Dallessandro (not as good-looking here as he was in the Warhol films), Joey Heatherton, Polly Bergen, Mink Stole, Willem Dafoe as the evil prison guard and too many more to name here. These amazing people lent a touch of the “carnival” to the film, and I for one loved their roles. There were a couple of times in the film when I got a touch bored, being a musical and all, and being that certain musical numbers bore me, but all in all, the music was good and fun, especially the song “King Cry-Baby” which I enjoyed greatly. The soundtrack of the film is great, especially if you love 1950’s rockabilly, southern rock and roll, Elvis-style. In fact, there are a couple of jail scenes in Cry-Baby that reminded me of Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock”.
The costumes, such as the black leather jackets (collar up) and other 1950’s style clothes, the sets, the hot rods, and the slang of the time all made the film authentically periodic and everything seemed to fit, from Johnny Depp’s lone curl on his forehead, to the “Girl Can’t Help It” type scene with Amy Locane in her red dress at the end, it all falls together very nicely. The juvenile delinquents of the time were seen as such a menace, and isn’t that odd considering today’s menaces and what they represent? JD’s are the last of our society’s worries now. Last but not least, Johnny Depp is a God with BIG talent, and this was one of his first big roles, and we have to respect that. And we must also respect Mr. Waters for making yet another fantastically freaky, wonderfully bizarre movie with the most twisted cast anyone could ever dream up.
It Came From Baltimore: This somewhat detailed featurette on different aspects of the film is not only informative, but very cool too. I enjoyed hearing the cast and crew interviewed about their roles, as well as learning all kinds of cool facts about the 1950's and such new concepts to me as the Drapes and the Squares and stuff along that line. I found it to be long (45 minutes), but so interesting that that didn’t bother me.
Audio commentary by director John Waters: Mr. Waters gives good commentary, and it’s always very enlightening to listen to his wacky and sometimes funny points of view on everything under the sun. This is a man I have something rare in common with: we both love the weirdly under-appreciated film “Boom!” starring Taylor and Burton and for that alone, I respect the man. An extraordinary commentary, never boring.