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Grease

Published March 14, 2020

Grease

Film info

  • Title Grease
  • Director Randal Kleiser
  • Year 1978
  • Run time 1hr 50m
  • Genres Romance, Musical
  • Tagline Grease is the word

John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her American film debut as Sandy, Travolta's naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a who's who in this quintessential musical about the fabulous '50s. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade - it's an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock 'n' roll.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:24 I love that she’s Australian in this one.
3:24 Some of these cartoon portraits, I just wouldn’t appreciate them if I was the cast.
7:04 I never noticed that bit before. “I’m no stranger to heartbreak.” Is that just because of Danny?
10:34 “If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.”
15:04 How does John Travolta do the chicken whilst walking down the bleachers and make it look cool?
18:13 Rizzo is just so cool.
22:09 He’s brought a water pistol to a knife fight.
29:28 I do always wonder about this Annette character.
34:44 Can never take this song seriously because of the flamingo in the background.
41:37 Why wouldn’t you paint your car engine red, white and blue?
42:46 Did Rizzo come out of the toilet with an ice cream? That seems unsanitary.
48:12 Danny trying out sports is one of my favourite bits.
1:08:12 “Let’s hear it for the toilet paper!”
1:09:15 I maybe hadn’t registered how much of a creep Vince is.
1:18:45 Ha, a federal charge for mooning a dance-off.
1:20:27 Danny laughing that he elbowed her does make me chuckle.
1:21:13 Never noticed that line either, he tried to put stuff in her drink????
1:26:23 “It’s as hot as the parts on it.”
1:34:07 Just a thought - without Grease would there be Fast & Furious?
1:43:08 Them going through the funhouse is a lot of fun. Although it’s mostly JT throwing himself around.

Thoughts

This is a childhood favourite, an absolute classic, and one that it’s taken far too long to Film Watch. However, I had to wait until Mr C was ready for the brilliance of it and today was the day.

There’s a lot to love, obviously, the music is incredible, the story fun, the performances hit and miss. There were more layers to it than I remembered though. This is a movie that I already had revelations about from watching it as a kid and then again slightly older. This time, I was surprised at how overtly predatory Vince Fontayne is, particularly the bit about him slipping aspirin into her drink. Outrageous!

And if I’m being truly honest, I could do without the cartoon at the beginning and the flying car at the end, but who cares? It’s still a proper classic.

Rating: 5 / 5

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