Purple Rain is great album trapped inside a sub-par concert film trapped inside a laughable teen drama. How Under the Cherry Moon can be seen as a cinematic fiasco while this is considered "the good one" is distressing; even in 1984, Prince was too good for this.
Goes without saying that the soundtrack is one of the best ever, and the performance scenes are mind-blowing. It also goes without saying that the writing and most of the acting is bad, but somehow that only makes it all the more oddly mesmerizing. Magnoli deserves more credit for his direction in this.
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.
Fun rock n roll flick with a great soundtrack (obviously), a weird sense of humor, and a strong sense of erotic love. Dreamy and romantic, goofy, but still essentially a story about a father and a son, and how abuse cycles, recreates itself, and how one ruptures that cycle.