5.0 out of 5 stars Finaly Watched
I've had this on DVD for a number of years and never got around to watching it, having read so many poor reviews in the past. But I finally sat down to it on the weekend, as Id caught a few minutes of it on TV and liked the look of it. It's an average film, nothing startling but ok to while away a couple of hours if you're a Prince fan. Don't expect another Purple Rain...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal- even by Prince's standards
So here's the 411: your name is Prince, and at the moment you are one of the world's biggest musical stars. You've sold millions around the world, and even had a box-office smash of a film. But that was the 80's. And now it is 1990. So what are you gonna do? The answer is simple: make another film, which is written, directed AND produced by yours truly. Take some singers,...
Published on 15 Oct 2004 by Pete A
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2.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal- even by Prince's standards,
So here's the 411: your name is Prince, and at the moment you are one of the world's biggest musical stars. You've sold millions around the world, and even had a box-office smash of a film. But that was the 80's. And now it is 1990. So what are you gonna do? The answer is simple: make another film, which is written, directed AND produced by yours truly. Take some singers, extras and a couple of good ideas and slam it together. Isn't that GREAT! No, it's not. Graffiti Bridge is quite simply the worst of the 3 films that Prince has done, and is also one of the most annoying. The basic premise of the film is a sequel to 1985's Purple Rain- The Kid (aka Prince), the ever-annoying Morris Day and even-more-annoying Tricky are back. But this time, they each have their own club, and are fighting for control of the "Glam Slam" club. Ingrid Chavez stars as Apollonia's "replacement", the frankly indecipherable Aura (yes, as kooky as her name suggests). With Prince at the helm, the pacing of the film suffers- the musical sequences are too short, whilst the gloriously gloopy "dramatic scenes" are exceedingly long. And what of the stars themselves? Prince, reprising his role as The Kid has somehow transformed himself from the spunky, funky rock-n-roller in Purple Rain to some sort of long-haired messiah, whilst Morris Day remains exceedingly irritating. Whilst his humour and wit made Purple Rain just oh-so-much better, second time around he's become boring- even his chilli munching at the start of the film doesn't spice up his character. Ingrid Chavez's Aura isn't particularly bad, it's just that she seems overwhelmed when next to messiah or chill-breath. Her singing isn't too bad, but when placed next to Mavis Staples she seems ridiculously out of place; Staples herself steals the final scenes from Prince, but even she is defeated by the ultimate nemesis- a rubbish script. Jerome Benton made a good sidekick in Under The Cherry Moon, but in this film he just becomes a pawn to the bad scripting and direction. The DVD adds little to the film itself- it's a few music videos, which only serve to highlight the values of the soundtrack on it's own. As the film stands, it hasn't improved with age, and buyers are strongly recommended to seek out it's predecessors instead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Everbody wants to find Graffiti Bridge...,
This review is from: Graffiti Bridge [VHS] (VHS Tape)
'Graffiti Bridge' is Prince's third and final feature film.
Written, directed and starring the purple one the film done terrible at the box-office and made very little money at all.
'Graffiti Bridge' is quite well known for its awfulness, and if i'm being honest; criticising it is a well known hobbie for Prince fans. Still the movie isn't half as bad as what people say it is...trust me.
The story basically revolves around 'The Kid' (Prince) and his rivalry with 'Morris Day' ('The Time' frontman), each of them own a club on 'Seven Corners' (a cheaply made set on Paisley Park to the rest of us) and battle out to see whose music reigns supreme. Morris ain't happy with the 'spiritual noise' that Prince is making and wants his share of the club.
Also thrown in the mix, is 'Aura' (Ingrid Chavez) an angel who The Kid becomes involved with when he see's her drifting in and out of scenes whispering her new-age poetry (which can become insanely annoying by the end of the film).
As you've probably worked out: the film bears alot of similarities to 'Purple Rain', and it is, in essence, a sequel to Prince's hugely successful debut film.
The same characters are portrayed, but whereas 'Purple Rain' was a rock 'n ' roll movie, 'Graffiti Bridge' is more like a musical.
The movie has a spiritual undertone and this coupled with the dreamy set design makes for a more trippy film than 'Purple Rain', in fact one thing that is quite impressive about 'Graffiti Bridge' is how good it can sometimes look; the performance scenes are shot with pace and snappily edited, but the problem with 'Graffiti Bridge' is the acting for the most part.
Unlike some of his previous films none of the stars have any previous acting experience (barring their roles in previous Prince films) and the movie suffers as a result from that. Prince again plays the moody, troubled kid, whilst Morris reprises his familar role as the wise-cracking rival, but other than the two main stars, few of the actors stand out.
As with 'Purple Rain' Morris steals pretty much every scene he's in and he's one of the saving graces of the film, thus Prince rightly gives him more screen time.
The main attraction of the film, however, is the performances.
As with 'Purple Rain', Prince's antics onstange keep the momentum going and all the musical numbers impress, the undisputed highlights being his tightly choreographed performance of 'Elephants & Flowers' and his, ahem, energetic rendition of 'Tick, Tick, Bang!'.
I don't think 'Graffiti Bridge' is a must buy, even for a Prince fan, but it can be an highly enjoyable film.
The films soundtrack on the other hand, is essential, and remains one of Prince's strongest albums post-Lovesexy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One for the fans, only,
I have to confess to having a soft spot for this film, but, if you aren't a big Prince fan, there's not much for you to enjoy.
The album Graffiti Bridge was not a commercial success so most of the songs are not particularly well known (the biggest hit was Thieves in the Temple). However if you liked the album there is some joy to be had from watching the film because in spite of the thin plot there is plenty of music.
The story is a sort of fantasy follow up to Purple Rain, but where PR was at times a gritty story of a struggling musician and his band, this is a fantasy story about an angel being sent down to earth to help guide "The Kid" and to make him and his arch enemy Morris Day set aside their differences. Day and his sidekick Jerome offer some fun comic relief, and the message in the film is sincere, but as I say, if you're not a fan, this will probably be a bit too silly for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear...,
Soon after it begins, the film reveals its terrible secret: written and directed by Prince, and starring him in the lead role. Oh dear... I'm sure he had great hopes for this, but sadly the end result isn't very good at all.
A positive thing: some of the songs are great, the companion album being unfairly maligned over the years probably because of the film, and everybody seems to be having a lovely time. That said, it was clearly all filmed indoors (even the outdoor scenes), and all of the sets are laughably artificial. Of course, the acting is universally dismal too, and the script is packed with spiritual hokum.
Worth a look, if only to watch it through your fingers and then laugh afterwards.
Buy "Purple Rain" instead.
3.0 out of 5 stars not a great achievement,
Not a great movie unfortunately... The plot resembles a lot to the one of PURPLE RAIN but here it doesn't really works. Everything looks fake and cheap - including the acting. There is still the beauty of Ingrid Chavez to watch and some good songs to listen to (Thieves in the Temple, Question of U, Joy in Repetition and some others) but it's not a great achievement. This film is rather for Prince's hard-core fans and it has to be seen with some smiling distance.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finaly Watched,
I've had this on DVD for a number of years and never got around to watching it, having read so many poor reviews in the past. But I finally sat down to it on the weekend, as Id caught a few minutes of it on TV and liked the look of it. It's an average film, nothing startling but ok to while away a couple of hours if you're a Prince fan. Don't expect another Purple Rain though, it's not even close.
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this one,
I am a firm Prince/Morris Day & Jerome fan since my husband forced me to watch Purple Rain in January 2013. I scoured the web (consisting of a google search, imdb search and amazon ) for Prince material, coming across the articles where Prince himself denied the internet as a medium for his brand, I lucked out finding Graffiti Bridge 'the unofficial sequel' to Purple Rain. It seemed pretty official to me as all the characters and settings are the same.
I have a love of the 80s, though I am a 90s child, and I didn't like GB as much as PR: it lacked a certain fluidity (perhaps novelty?) of the first movie. Saying that Morris Day & Jerome were a saving grace, slick, cool and funny. There were hints of bad guy noir, the story was simple enough, the tragedy a little overdone, the guardian angel a bit of a mystery to me.
Prince is intense as always, the man is the epitome of sex, it is always pleasure to watch him do his thing. Morris Day & Jerome are adorable villains and one of the best comic duo I've seen. I enjoyed the music, an eclectic mix of songs, rap, funk, pop, spiritual. The movie is an absolute novelty, probably not the best of sequels but a definite must have for a Prince/Morris Day fans.
3.0 out of 5 stars prince,
not my thing but bought it as a gift . its ok. i ll not say im a prince fan overnight but better than expected
5.0 out of 5 stars first rate,
vivid imagery, great tunes throughout, easy viewing with a feelgood factor, worth a look in anyone's book, I highly recommend this dvd
4.0 out of 5 stars the kid is back,
if you have seen purple rain then you know about the kid
his music is what its all about
concert style movie not any where near as good as sign of the times but good enough to watch
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Graffiti Bridge [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] by Prince (DVD - 2004)