"I got chills, they're multiplying."
I'm on track so far! This is my second movie. I managed to research a bit about the basics of movies. Among the most important basic elements were soundtrack, acting, cinematography, dialogue, story, directing, and more. All of these elements have to have a focused goal in mind. By this, I mean that they have to aim to make the audience think or feel sad or feel happy or hate a character or love a character, etc. If these things aren't all coordinated, the movie most likely won't turn out that well. Of course, there are probably exceptions in where little thought was put into these elements while in the production process of a movie. But in general, I think these are important to consider.
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Grease is a movie musical filled with comedy, romance, and lots of leather jackets. Like, a lot. Danny Zuko (John Travolta), leader of a gang named the T-Birds, falls into a summer romance with Australian Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John). The two part at the end of the summer, see each other again at school, a comedy of errors pursue, and they end up together in the end. It's not the most inventive movie, plot wise. But there's something about this film that made it an instant classic, and it's that same magic that makes the movie fun to watch and easy to follow, even 37 years later.
I think it's fair for me to start out with THE SOUNDTRACK. As I am writing this analysis, I'm listening to the official movie soundtrack. All of the songs have a great feel to it that fit in amazingly with the characters and made sense in the movie. And the whole thing is just so catchy and fun to listen to. You might notice that I've used the word 'fun' several times to describe this movie. That's because this movie is just that: 1 hour and 50 minutes of fun. I went into the movie knowing that some things would be outdated, and some aspects of the movie wouldn't blow me away in a revolutionary sense. I was expecting a mediocre experience. But this movie really surprised me! The musical numbers are high energy and emotional, the acting is the perfect amount over the top, the characters captured my attention, and the comedy held up, making me chuckle more than just a few times. I found myself bopping my head to the songs and smiling in spite of myself. It's not hard to see why this movie is so popular. It's almost as if the movie is self-aware, conscious of the genre it is trying to be and embracing it.
The romance between Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson is the driving force of the movie, and while they're two very stereotypical characters, you can't help but root for everything to work out for them in the end.
While Danny and Sandy are great, it's the supporting characters like Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Kenickie (Jeff Conaway), and Frenchy (Didi Conn) that keep the movie interesting.
The movie also has it's share of cheesy scenes. In my opinion, it just adds to the fun!
This is the soundtrack to Grease that I was jamming out to while writing this. Some of my favorites are "Grease", "Summer Nights", "Hopelessly Devoted to You", "You're the One That I Want", and "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee". The movie sequences for "Summer Nights", "You're the One That I Want", "Beauty School Dropout", "Greased Lightnin" and "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" are so iconic and entertaining.
If you have anything you'd like to contribute pertaining to this movie, then in the words of post transformation Sandy:
This should go without saying.
Kelby Custodio, Junior at Pacifica High School.