Adapted from The Who’s 1969 double album rock opera, Tommy, The Who’s Tommy is the story of Tommy Walker, a young boy who is left deaf, dumb, and blind, after witnessing a horrible tragedy in his home. As a teen, Walker becomes a sensation for being a wiz at pinball — the only thing able to break through his nearly catatonic state.
Important note: I had no foreknowledge of The Who’s Tommy, or the album (Tommy) from which it was adapted. This to the point of being surprised, doing some background research afterwards and learning that The Who’s Tommy wasn’t biographical. Yes, my knowledge of classic rock from the 60s/70s has huge holes in it, but that’s another discussion for another time. I felt it worthwhile to make this point for anybody who is like me and may be questioning “should I see this if I don’t know anything about The Who or Tommy?”