Friday, October 15, 2010
A movie like no other
Now today I will be reviewing a movie I know won't appeal to everyone, but consider this my halloween review. This movie is the B-Rated cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and if you saw the trailer you will see that this is a movie like no other. You need to enter into this movie with an open mind and go along with the fun.
This movie is as bizare as they come if not even more so. This film has everything from sci-fi action, a musical, a horror movie, and transvestites. That's right, transvestites, actually transvestites from Transexual Translyvania to be exact. You 1st meet a couple who have just gotten engaged, Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon), and are off to tell their old instructor of the news. And on this rainy night out they take a wrong turn and get a flat tire and must enter a castle to see if they can borrow the telephone. In this castle they meet a handyman and maid and a whole weird party singing "Time Warp" and celebrating. The couple is already freaked out but then they meet the transexual master, Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), and the fun begins. The storyline is not the strongest, it uses all of the old tricks, just throws a few twists. Instead of creating a monster the doctor creates a tanned man to help releive the doctors "tension." The plot is just bizare in so many ways to when it gets into that the transvestites are really aliens from Transexual Transylvania. Not the best storyline but it really is interesting, it also helps that the musical numbers are put in.
The songs in this movie are catchy with their weird lyrics and rock'n'roll beats. They range from lips singing "Science Fiction," the party singing "Time Warp," Tim Curry singing "Sweet Transvestite" and so much more. These songs are all fun and will remain in your head after the film ended, just like the image of Tim Curry's Frank-N-Furter.
The acting can't really be criticized because the acting is meant to be over-the-top. The musical numbers are what really bring the characters to life, but even then it's over-the-top. The main focus of this film is Tim Curry. Yes he's over the top, but he plays the part of Frank-N-Furter perfectly. You will never forget his role and although he's the antagonist you will strangely like his character the best, the other characters just aren't cared about nearly as much as as Frank-N-Furter. But this all depends on who's watching, maybe you're uncomfortable with transvestites, if that's the case you really will not enjoy this movie cause Tim Curry does the entire film in heals and fishnets, and this may make you uncomfortable. But if you keep an open mind and go with the flow then you will enjoy this performance.
The direction style isn't the best, but like the rest of the film, it's fun. You have weird shots, the characters sometimes talk to the audience, it's just fun. It brings sci-fi with horror with comedy with so much more. The entire movie is just interesting. In fact this movie has been shown in theatres for 35 years at weekly midnight showings. Those are a lot funner than watching this film alone, but since most people who go dress up as transvestites it may again cause some uneasiness. I know this film is one of those hate it or love it films, there is hardly a middle for it. I can't really criticize it as a film because it's a cult classic and enjoyable to the right audience. So I will give it 2 scores:
But that's for movie goers who like movies with good acting and a straight-forward plot.
For what the movie is supposed to be, an over-the-top, B-rated film it is perfect. I recommend anyone to watch this movie at least once to be your own judge. It's a cult classic and for good reason. As a cult classic I will give it another score.
Verdict as a Cult Classic:5/5
I hope you watch this movie and enjoy as much as the other big time fans have, including myself. Go out and rent it at least and join in on the "Time Warp!"