The Rocky Horror Picture Show Reviews
Well, what do you know, finally watched it tonight and rating was about right.
Glad I finally saw it, but honestly it's nothing I would rush to watch again.
It's original, I will give it that. I liked a few, not all, of the songs. And full marks to Susan Sarandon. I did not actually realise she was in this.
On the downside, it's kind of ugly to look at and you have to suspend belief beyond what you normally would in a musical. I'm not sure I entirely "got" it, to be honest. It's kind of grotesque.
Actually really having trouble articulating my thoughts on this. That is probably exactly what they were going for!
What we get here is a campy, schlocky ode to campy and schlocky sci-fi and horror fare, done as a gloriously cheesy rock and roll musical joyride.
The plot it really bare bones, and doesn't really make a whole lot of sense or really have much of a point, but that's besides the point. What makes this so fun, memorable, and popular is that it is just so odd, random, and ridiculous, and it's just damn near impossible to not find something to enjoy here.
What bare plot there is concerns newlyweds Brad and Janet who, after having car trouble during a storm, seek shelter/assistance at a gothic castle filled with a bunch of delightfully odd weirdos, with the man in charge being a transvestite mad scientist who claims to be from another planet, and who is in the process of creating his own version of the Frankenstein story.
This is not a film for all tastes, but I think it is one of those movies that everyone should still see, at least once. The music is really awesome, catchy, and fun, the performances are also just a scream, especially Tim Curry in his signature role as the transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter. I'm a fan of redheads, and in this film we get two of them, both lovely in their own way, whether it's the curly longhaired variety of Patricia Quinn as Magenta, or, my favorite, the super short, straight, and flat locks of Little Nell Campbell as Columbia...MEOW! This film also has a rockin' turn from Meatloaf, as well as Susan Sarandon at her flat out sexiest and most bangable.
The film is a great ode to sci-fi and horror, and the set designs, costumes, and art direction reflect this, bringing together a mix of the gothic, with the kinky, and the delightfully tacky camp side of life.
If you want to have a good time, and really crave something wild and outrageous, then you must give this a watch. Seeing it at a public viewing is the preferred way to do it, but not if you haven't already seen it before. So yeah, watch it at home if you're a newbie, then go join the masses so you can really appreciate the love people have for this one.
But when people talk about how good this film is, they are never really talking about the film itself. They are talking about the experience of seeing it in theaters with a crowd. When you see this film in theaters, it is an experience unlike any other. Basically think of a crowd on crack, shouting lines at the film, and throwing things like rice and toast at the screen while people reenacting the film in the isles and below the screen. Let's just say that it is one of the great film traditions that has given this film such a strong love.
But is this a good film? Well, if one sits down and watches it... it really is not. Let me explain: the story is a wonderful tribute to the Hammer horror films of the 50's and 60's plus it is a great celebration of being yourself and rock music, but the writing is not really that great and some of the song lyrics are not the best. In reallity, it is just a mediocre film at best.
Then, why is it I give it such a strong rating then? Well, the answer is that while the film is mediocre, the message, the singing talents, and just the atmosphere of the film make it great. It is hard not to enjoy one's self when you see the bizarre and weird characters, hear the offbeat music, and start to find yourself strangely feeling for the characters as they search for their place in this world.
Plus this film done one thing that I have observed that has happened to many people: this is a film that makes one question their own sexuality. The other main idea of the film is that you only live once so have fun and explore yourself. That is what this film tells you. Now, I am not saying go dress up as a transvestite, kidnap some people when they are asking for a phone, and then cause a line of events that involve your servants and sex servant. I am saying that this film basically says to just enjoy and express yourself while loving who you are.
Acting, I only need to say one name and he has been complimented on about this performance so much that I am surprised he has not gotten sick of it yet. And that would be Tim Curry. Just, this was his first film role and he gave a ballsy performance as Frank N Furter which, to any other actor, this role would of been the first and only role he would of got. But, like all of Hollywood, once he became well known, everyone wanted him. With the exception of LEGEND, this is the best film that shows off his acting abilities. Plus his one hell of a singing voice.
Basically this film is one that you can expect to continue on for years to come and there is still no sign of stopping this mad brain child of Richard O'Brien. With the television show GLEE having their tribute episode, you can expect people to experience this erotic nightmare and sensual daydream for many, many more years to come. Only one thing left to say: Let's Do The Time Warp Again!
* 1 Star
Yes i give the movie the fact that it is the most weird and parculiar movie ive ever seen but thats noting to be proud bout!!
It was annoying from tim curry to the weird blonde dude that must be compensating for something!!
It was the worse actng i have ever seen, but nevertheless i still love susan surandon!!
For a comedy cult horror there was nothing of either it wasnt funny and it didnt have that darkness scary about it just plan weird!
I hated every moment of the movie its rubbish but clearly well liked!!