- Jul 3, 1997
- Reaction score
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
Ahem...only if you were 13 in 1983. There's a legendary Joe Eszterhas quote on how Jennifer Beals got the part...
I agree with Kevin that this is a picture that if you were not there at the moment then it is not really worth visiting. Jennifer looks wonderful, she still does actually...but is it a good movie? No, it is not. It's not even sort of good or so bad it is good...it is just...well...bad.
It's definitely a case of "You had to be there". If you enjoyed it in 1983, then no doubt there's a nostalgic factor (as with most 80s films). If you didn't see it then, it's merely an artifact of where mainstream cinema was in the 1980s.I wasn't especially young then which indirectly is why I haven't seen the film. I doubt I'd enjoy it so I'll continue to steer clear of it.
Like I said....It's very good if you watch it in 30 second segments stretched out over three years.
It's also the kind of movie Pauline Kael had in mind when she wrote, "It would be a great film to read by, if there were light enough in the theater."
At the time it came out some reviewer described the film as a 90 minute beer commercial and that's a pretty good description of it. The director was one of a group of English commercial directors that took the movie business by storm in the late 1970s-1980s that included Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Alan Parker, and of course Lyne. Their trademark was lots of visual "flash" (pun intended) and Lyne did shoot the picture as if it were a long music video. I think if you are looking at or studying this style then this film is worth a watch. If you have nostalgia for this sort of thing then sure indulge...but I honestly don't think this is a good movie. Of course, yes, that is just my opinion.I disagree with this opinion.
I thought it was/is a fun little film. With a good soundtrack.
Of course ymmv.