Reviews of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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Title: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Country: UK, USA
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Director: Jim Sharman
To celebrate the Halloween, inadvertently I found out that this perennial cult classic would be shown in cinemas with its original version, which prompted my belated viewing of this notorious B-movie tour-de-force for the first time, although B-movie has evaded my entire childhood and I have barely watched any the classics to which the film pays its overt tribute, but, the film is a satisfactory and daring musical with its campy costumes and music arrangement (a cocktail of Glam Rock-New Wave-Nu-Disco musical numbers and giddying dancing routines), a perfect option for its groupies and people who are repellent to horror genre in Halloween. There were a bunch of devotees inside the full-packed screen hall, but the sing-along spectacle didn’t happen as I expected (incessant hails were very much present nevertheless), anyhow, we were all enthralling with the atmosphere and the film per se.
For me, the musical numbers rendered throughout the film are the predominant assets which should be much appreciated, Richard O’Brien (who is also the sidekick Riff Raff in the film) has managed to write a bunch of utterly spirit-rousing theme songs pandering for the sub-culture habitants, especially for the gay and transvestite disadvantaged groups, which facilitates its iconic status through its conspicuous delivery of messages such as sex liberation, homosexual impetus, free-your-mind and ravished by life. While you can decry its escapism and hedonism misappropriation in your hindsight, but at the moment the film was playing, the invasion of ubiquitous pleasure could encroach upon all the sensory passages, which is an undeniable achievement of the crew.
Tim Curry, arguably has delivered the best music performances in a film, whose knockout fabulousness alone could make the film stunningly enjoyable and substantially controversial (from the blood-red lips singing in the opening credits until his valedictory song near the end, it all justifies that either garishness or sappiness could be put into a moment as a revelation!). Susan Sarandon’s voice bent is creakily suitable for her shallow and flashy character, which is in tune with other standard B-level performances from the rest of the cast members (although Meat Loaf’s one-off interruption of the Transylvanian orgy has the only slash movie quality).
An atypical exploitation of Frankenstein (e.g. Peter Hinwood’s immaculately sinewy body and a young Robert Redford resemblance is a slap in the face to the usual disfigured stunt of the monster), both male and female bodies should be worshiped in an equal scale, which uncannily prefigures today’s zeitgeist. It is a pity director Jim Sharman’s career has never taken off, even in his own cult way, but at least he has built a miracle, the film’s leggy longevity will never wane, and it will summon its zealots generations after generations.
- Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
Finally attended a midnight showing of this cult classic at Cleveland’s Cedar Lee theatre. It is a strange rock n roll musical that pays tribute to “B” level horror and sci fi movies from days gone by, but with risque sexual mores thrown in to further stir things up! It was a good time. So many great tunes. It always slows down too much once Frank turns everyone to stone though. There are still a few fun effects and visuals with RKO Pictures, the pool, and Riff Raff’s and Magenta’s alien uniforms, but I think the main culprit causing the end of the movie to drag (no pun intended) is that I don’t find the songs in the last act to be all that memorable.
- Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
While perhaps nothing in ‘Rocky Horror…’ holds up to scrutiny, the overall effect is one of absurdist joy and entertainment. The whole cast throw themselves into roles with gusto, Tim Curry being the clear stand out. The songs are infectiously catchy and perfectly capable of standing on there own as great tunes. Would love to see it at an audience participation screening! Altogether now: ’Let’s do the time warp again!’
- Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
Wonderful! Colorful, playful, irreverent, sexual, sensuous, amazing! It is a smart yet hilarious movie; so many simbolisms and a witty critic towards society. I actually find Tim Curry quite sexy in this character. He is charming, and strong; couldn’t get enough from him!
The movie has such a strong sexual charge… It is a true masterpiece and it’s a shame not many people can actually appreciate it.
Plus I loved Meat Loaf in his small yet rocking character! Transexuality, Androginy, Lust and Excesive aesthetics are marvelously explored in it.
- Currently 2.0/5 Stars.