Grease is a movie that is more iconic than great filmmaking. From the cliche rife script to the ridiculous costumes, Grease is a dated mess that is more fun to laugh at than alongside. The music is fairly memorable, but a lot of the singing is rather weak. I think Grease is unfortunately a product of its time.
To expand upon this, I must say Grease is a mixed bag that parodies types from so many movies that came before it. From Marlon Brando's The Wild One to Fonzie's Happy Days, Grease just does not hold up compared to its predecessors. It tries to be West Side Story, but Grease falls short. Thankfully, better movies about Greasers would be released after Grease like The Outsiders. As a musical drama, Risky Business and Footloose are much more entertaining. I would recommend any of the aforementioned films before Grease.
I must note, Grease's main issue is the horrible miscast ensemble. Every single actor is apparently 30, 40, or 50 while they are supposed to be teenagers in high school! Everyone is simply too old for the part. You do not believe a minute of it.
Similarly, every actor and actress is overacting like you would not believe. It is not even a fun tongue in cheek level of sass, but just plain bad acting across the board.
Speaking of which, John Travolta is playing up his character way too much. Likewise, every side character is a nauseating stereotype of a wild teenager. Embarrassing levels of overacting in every scene. At least, Travolta could dance even though he could not act well yet or even sing that remarkably. Similar to Olivia Newton-John who can only sing nicely, while her dancing and acting leaves much to be desired. Grease manages a bad performance from every actor.
On the other hand, Stockard Channing is phenomenal as Rizzo. She acts, dances, and sings well throughout Grease. You believe her character even though she is also too old to be a high school teenager like the rest of the cast. She is Grease's saving grace.
In short, I recommend you skip Grease. It's quite dated and slow. The music is pretty, but the dance choreography is sloppy to say the least. Atrocious overacting meets bland characterizations. Grease is an oil slicked back mess.
With one great song after another, a superb cast and a screenplay full of both wit and drama makes for a fun time for all! Return to the 1950s for this timeless musical. My equal favourite film of 1978.
Grease is a fresh script that came out of this bubbly and gay bakery that feeds and fulfils each and every need of the youngster and if not anything the songs definitely has to work.
Un clásico entrañable que plasma la cultura ochentera estadounidense, y que todo fan del cine debe ver.
Grease is a musical surrounding the senior students of Rydell High in the 1950s. The boys or T-Birds? include John Travolta as cool (apparently) Danny Zuko.
The female students or pink ladies include an Australian newcomer Olivia Newton-John as Sandy.
What follows is 100 minutes or so of various musical numbers as Danny pretends to act cool in front of his male mates whilst really wanting to be goody two shoes in front of Sandy.
Sandy gets rather narked.
Danny gets jealous.
There are scenes of masculinity as the T-Birds fix an old banger for a street race that is more Chariot race off Ben-Hur than Fast and the Furious.
Interrupted by musical numbers such as "Greased Lightnin'" which has some rather interesting lyrics cleverly hidden amongst the shawaddywaddy that is going off.
I found using the subtitles function on the DVD showing rather enlightening with regards to that!
The film begins with a rather Barry Gibb/Bee Gees sound straight out of Saturday Night Fever a year earlier!
On watching the credits they revealed Gibb had indeed written the song Grease Is The Word.
Not my type of film really but had to be done for completist reasons.