Rock star Prince plays a headstrong, vulnerable young musician known as “the kid.” He struggles with his own psyche and family pressures of an alcoholic father who beats his mother. He sees his father’s madness infecting both his music and his own personal life.
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TV. In fact, the director had the eye for two basic things: to film the concerts and to conjugate colors with light. And Prince, at the time, was undoubtedly the most impressive (pop-funk-soul-rock) artist-musician.
Summer '84...Toronto...Uptown Theatre 1...opening weekend... From the first notes the energy coming off the screen was contagious and Prince went from r&b star to superstar. Watching now one can forgive the plotting and amateur hour acting and still marvel at the audacious music and infectious energy. Though Prince's following films suffered from creativity run amok this initial film deserves its classic status.
So the movie is alright but the soundtrack is mind blowing. I remember when my brother had the vinyl to this and around the world in a day and played it for me when I was six and totally fell hard to this magical man named Prince. That was when I was first introduce to his music. I still have the albums and play them to this day on my record player.
Two stars for the movie, five for the album (although I'll be the first to admit I prefer 1999 and Dirty Mind). Morris Day's performance is ill. My mom constantly quotes the script's most banal, forgettable lines, which is strange, imagining someone watching 'Purple Rain' enough times to internalize stray dialogue. Still, the concert scenes are divine.