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Flashdance

Published September 29, 2019

Flashdance

Film info

  • Title Flashdance
  • Director Adrian Lyne
  • Year 1983
  • Run time 1hr 34m
  • Genres Drama, Romance
  • Tagline She works in a man's world. She dances in the world of her dreams.

Jennifer Beals stars as Alex Owens, a fiercely determined 18-year-old with one all-consuming dream: to study at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance. Working during the day as a welder and at night as an exotic dancer. Alex bravely pursues her dream, undertaking an unforgettable journey that reveals the power of her convictions and teachers her the meaning of love.

Live blog

TimeComment
0:59Tune!
3:09Did not know this was also a Simpson/Bruckheimer production - those guys have their hands in everywhere!
4:01Doing Full Monty quotes now, stop it. Pay attention.
5:25I mean, the dancing is crazy but I like the silhouette style.
8:28What is the thing that is pushing the burger down flat? Need that.
17:10I feel like I want some legwarmers. I’m not a dancer but hey.
25:20Training montage.
29:05“She’s got a tough ass.”
31:11The laugh! The laugh is so annoying.
33:49It’s going to take her forever to get that glitter off.
38:26It’s not at all creepy to follow the girl home.
39:59“It’s cold in here.” It’s an ice rink, dude.
46:28Comfy jumper envy.
52:20Why do they have such high concept arty dance pieces in some run down burger pub place?
55:22That flashing was god-awful.
1:03:42Appreciate the effort she’s going to here, but lobster is not attractive.
1:07:34Why is he such a stalker?
1:13:40Who throws a shoe?
1:25:06Not a very productive confession if you can’t actually get any words out.

Thoughts

This film is not what I was expecting at all. My primary thought having seen it is - why on earth is this so popular? The music is good, the dancing incredible and those art pieces on stage are brilliant - like some fabulous music videos.

But as a movie? It’s weird. There’s zero chemistry between the two leads and they don’t seem like a great couple anyway. As a story, it doesn’t have a lot going for it - she wants to audition and then she does. Yay!

And it ended really weirdly. The freeze frame totally ruined the moment. I was lucky enough to see the musical with Joanne Clifton and enjoyed that a lot more.

Having said all that, it was important to have seen it because of the cultural implications it has. Who knew so many music videos and things would be based on this phenomenon? Once you see it, you start to see it everywhere. J-Lo, Geri Haliwell, and of course that Strictly dance Louise did.

Rating: 2 / 5

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