The Rocky Horror Picture Show Reviews
It wasn't always meant to be that way. A short time after it hit theaters, audiences didn't quite get its bizarre ways, making almost no money and leaving most screenings basically empty. But, well-aware of the way cinematic rejects, like 1972's "Pink Flamingos," for example, were making money off midnight screenings, Fox decided to give it new life through the form, thus beginning its journey into infamy. To date, audiences are still as gaga over "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" as they were four decades ago, still showing up to screenings dressed as their favorite characters, still chanting out every line of the movie in unison, still acting out the most dramatic of musical sequences like it's their job. The movie has never stopped being a cultural phenomenon - its strangeness is unabashedly contagious, never to lose its flamboyant sense of fun.
So while I'll be the first to commend the way it's made eccentricity mainstream, and while I'm completely entranced by Tim Curry's performance and Richard O'Brien's (who also plays a pivotal character in the film) knockabout soundtrack, it's a work that I suspect is much more fun when surrounded by its most affectionate fanatics, oohing and ahing at the screen, or when it's thrust onto the stage, where its energy can roam freely and be supplemented by a live audience reaction. As a film, it can be silly but also uneven, its musical bits much more breathtaking than the camp it tries to achieve when going for the dramedy.
But who am I to criticize it on a level of merit - this is the kind of film made for pleasure-seeking viewers on the prowl for a great time, not ones like me who can giggle along with the madness but are also a little hard to impress because their lives consist of watching movies unremittingly. For what it's worth, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a success in what it's trying to accomplish, which is to be a crazed rock musical paying homage to the B-movies of the 1930s-'70s.
The film's plot is something to behold, a kooky soul-sister of the Frankenstein story and covered in quite a bit more outlandish glamour. It is centered on all-American couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), who are forced to walk to a nearby castle (red flag) after they get a flat tire during a rainstorm. All they want to do is use a phone to call for help, but fate won't have it - the castle belongs to transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter (Curry), a mad scientist from Transsexual, Transylvania.
They have stumbled onto the scene at perhaps the worst time possible; Frank is about to complete his long-in-the-making experiment, which is to create a perfect male specimen, named Rocky (Peter Hinwood). They watch in horror as Rocky goes from created object to living, breathing beefcake, and as Frank's antics begin to grow increasingly deranged and frequently directed at them. During this fateful night, Brad and Janet come to know themselves in ways they never would have in the *real* world, their relationship on thin ice if they don't keep their thought-to-be morals in check.
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a great time until it isn't anymore, arguably running a little too long for a B-movie of such exasperation. But it contains a lot of magnificence, from Curry's incredible performance to the way its director, Jim Sharman, sees his vision through with soundly imaginative vigor. Maybe I'll like the film more if I see it at one of its famed midnight screenings, or if I watch it with a large group instead of by myself in the early hours of a lazy Sunday morning. Until then, I'll consider it to be a cultural sensation that is often effulgent as a film but doesn't always go the whole nine yards.
However for me this film is just meh. I love the movie from opening to the creation of Rocky but after that scene the film's quality takes a drastic dip. This film also just gets a bit boring and it feels a lot longer than 90 minutes. I also think the climax is quite weak. I get why people love this film but I just don't think it's amazing and it's just kind of okay. I did enjoy this film and I do think it's good but this film feels like it would be better as a play than a movie, which it is and apparently the play is a lot better. Overall I did enjoy this movie but it's very underwhelming. I would reccomend it for lovers of musicals but for everyone else is say maybe give it a watch. B-