I remember the very first time I saw Grease. I was around the age of 7 or 8, and me and my family were on a road trip and we stopped I believe at a Walmart, and my parents saw Grease the movie there. They remembered how good it was, so they wanted me and my siblings to see it . . . and firs time watching it, it became a hit with us because after that we saw Grease more times than I could count, and Grease was always a movie choice for our road trips! Now 9 to 10 years later, I come back again to watch Grease, and let me say: it’s a nostalgia ride for me because it brings back so my childhood when me and my siblings were into this movie and its songs!
There were a lot of things in Grease that went over our head, but now older and I hope a bit wiser, none of it goes over my head. But I don’t care how inappropriate it gets because the soundtrack, humor, and I guess even the story distracts me from it. And not to mention all the memories it brings backs when we were into Grease. Now a movie critic, I thought it was time to rewatch it to see how good it was. And to be honest, I really, really enjoyed my time with it The music were as good as ever (with an exceptional few I still dislike), and the characters are a whole lot of fun to be around.
I like this movie because in some sort of shape, way, or form I can relate to these unmature high school kids. Because I’m still one, and I can relate in more than one way to them. They’re just high school students hunting after girls, getting their heart break, and getting into some mischief if they can. At times it can be a feel-good movie because you can relate to these characters. Plus, the Grease characters are a whole lot of fun to be around. They crack me up, they make me be like, “I so would have done it,” and I approve at their underage drinking and all their smoking . . . because they’re just high school students who don’t really know best.
If you really come to think about it, the story is a bit of a cringe and predictable! I mean, a boy running back to regain a relationship he didn’t exactly mean to brake with a girl . . . I mean, you know the outcome without having to watch all 1 hour 50 minutes of it. But what makes the story interesting is how it is told. It’s told through some misfits, and humuores situations. It’s a story that yeah, it may lose your interest but when we have high school students being themselves, it’s hard to lose interest. The soundtrack is good in some respect; while there are some songs I dislike and could care less about, there are others are still awesome to hear and one that is my 1# Nostalgia song which is “Grease!”
Without a doubt, this movie has its fault whether I try to think about it or not. But what outweighs it in a lot of ways, is that this movie knows it has faults. But the writers/directors didn’t want a pure perfection movie, they just wanted to protray high school kids as they are and not trying to do some professional thing, and for me it works! I like to see these high school students romp around, goof around, and go after every girl they see. It’s just a blast to chill back and watch a simple, predictable story and see how it is going to unfold and lead you each time . . . because this time, I had a whole lot of blast, and it was even a better ride than I thought because of nostalgic it turned out to be!
Director: Randal Kleiser
Writers: Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey, Bronte Woodard, and Allan Carr
Film Editors: John F. Burnett
Producers: Allan Carr and Robert Stigwood
Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Jeff Conaway, Dinah Manoff, Didi Conn, Barry Pearl, Michael Tucci, Jamie Donnelly, Kelly Ward, and Eve Arden
Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes
Released: June 16, 1978
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