Purple Rain Reviews
Though everything was great about this movie, I have one quarrel with it. And it's that it didn't go deep enough with the story. Their wasn't really any character development either. I feel like half of the movie is Prince doing a live set and the other half is the movie. The live set side I don't mind, actually it's probably what I liked most. But there's not enough meat in the story. I feel like it presents the problems and situations well, but falls flat on progressing the story and it's characters. They should have gone more in depth with the story and Prince's backstory with his parents as well as Apollonia's. It would have been nice to see that.
I read that Eric Clapton was in a "downward spiral with drink and drugs" before he saw Purple Rain in a Canadian movie theatre and it hit him like a bolt of lightning. He went back to his hotel and wrote "Holy Mother". After Prince's death, Eric Clapton called Prince "A True Genius". That was the impact of this movie for many and the accompanying album was the soundtrack of the year in 1984. It topped the Billboard chart for the last 22 weeks of the year and sold more than 9 million copies. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture.
If you're looking for great acting, an original story, and great production value, look somewhere else. If you want to get a feel for what 1984 looked and sounded like with a semi-autobiographical story about Prince's rise to superstardom, then you should check out Purple Rain.