demi adejuyigbe’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Dewey, I’m not a satanic sex-god anymore. I’m a working stiff- and that’s cool."
Just fucking terrific. Got weirdly emotional in the first act when I started to remember how much of the movie is just about making the kids feel like they fit in. In every iteration of it, this thing is just pure concentrated dopamine. Watching someone start to really "feel" the music they're playing makes my bones fucking vibrate. You get a raw feeling out of me, that's five stars no question. I saw the School of Rock musical on Broadway and the kid solos at the end alone got me more hyped than watching the original cast of Hamilton a year prior. Best musical I've ever seen. I was in the mezzanine cheering like Ali just took down Frazier. Honestly cannot believe the titular song did not even get a Best Original Song nom this year. Who won that year? "Lord of the Rings?" What the fuck is that, movie sounds made up. That's not real. Get out of my face.
One of my favorite things about rewatching a movie from when you were younger is getting to re-recognize appearances of the people/things you're so familiar with now (Amy Sedaris!!!) and this soundtrack is just moment after moment of that. One of my least favorite things about rewatching a movie from when you were younger is recognizing when the parents were actually right. Dewey Finn should be in jail.