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Film review of grease

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Film review of grease: Girls, grab your poodle skirts! Guys, grab your hair grease and leather jackets! "Grease" is the word, and after nearly 25 years since its initial theatrical run, it's every bit as enchanting and fun as it ever was. The numbers speak for themselves: after two theatrical releases, one in 1978 and a reissue in 1998, the worldwide box office total for what is considered to be Hollywood's most successful musical stands at $341.1 million. You can argue with opinion, but you can't deny pure fact. I first saw "Grease" as a small child, introduced to the rockin', rollin' 50's as seen through the 70's at the age of 11. Back then, the film was nothing short of a pure delight: the musical numbers were jubilant and lively, the cast likeable and well-groomed, the external look of the film a visual feast, and the overall experience one that was unforgettable. ...read more.

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Quite a simple story when you look back on it, but that's the beauty of it. Bronte Woodard's screenplay, which was based on the Broadway musical of the same name, doesn't make unnecessary demands of its audience, even with its inclusion of various supporting characters who each have a unique brand of charm. The Pink Ladies have such a sassy verve that truly stands out, while the T-Birds are pumped full of testosterone and ultra-slick appeal. The warmth of the material, as well as the lovable nature of the characters, provide the movie with such an irresistable charm that it's hard not to fall in love with it. The film's stand-alone feature is its phenomenally catchy soundtrack, which features a wealth of songs and tunes that stay with you for years and years. The theme song, "Summer Nights," "Hand Jive," and Frankie Avalon's crooning away on "Beauty School Dropout," coalesce to create one of the more memorable movie soundtracks of all time. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eve Arden is a hit as the school's principal (her "athletic supporter" line is one of the film's most humorous), Sid Caesar is warm and lovable as the football coach, and Dody Goodman is a smash as the principal's assistant. These are the kinds of performances you remember actors by, and each and every person who graces the screen, whether it be for a mere five minutes or the movie's entire, makes a lasting impression. The look of the movie is nothing short of appealing, placing us in a place and time where American youth were beginning to lose that "Pleasantville" innocence and explore new venues. That, combined with the lively, upbeat music and the incredible cast, make "Grease" not only one of the most successful Hollywood musicals of all time, but one of it's most memorable. It's still the word. ...read more.

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