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A Rock 'n' Roll Great
on 18 February 2016
The last of the slick DA flicks. Hit songs and hip dance moves. Youth and colour and boys and girls. The clichés are rife but this show has depth. Plenty of humour in the screenplay but I urge you to always have the subtitles on. Some of the best lines are in the songs.
I never bought the dvd or vhs versions, I did tape it from TV once. When it was originally released I went to see it simply because it was a cultural event. Now it’s an institution. A milestone reduced to the ultimate high definition blu ray version thrown in the bargain bin. Two for ten pounds. I got it with the classic The Aviator.
I think I smiled all the way through and I’m still laughing at that two men hugging then de-hugging when their gang sees them. The reflex for them to comb their hair a gem. What I’m left with writing here in my fifties is the very strong feeling that modern youth has lost its energy. No football, no dancing. No making live music or fixing cars/motorbikes. Will the spark of teenage change be forever extinguished so that we are heading for that scene in Wall-e where grossly overweight humans are fixed in their seats having everything come to them?
Sound and picture quality are excellent playing very well on my 120” projection screen in widescreen (black bars top and bottom). The whole film seems to have been made with all expense spared. The direction is rather static aside from the dance numbers. And Hound Dog is neutered. Much of it is in close-up, I would have loved a bit of dirt, scenes of 1950s America. But it is a relationship movie, one where the central couple do in the end become each other. Just as if!