This film is so 80's it physically hurts but, nonetheless, there is something on the pace, the hyper neon/hyper vintage aesthetic and the general use of overacting that makes the whole charming and worth watching. You can't deny there is something really amazing about all those silly dialogues with the amazing background of Ry Cooder. Is pure Americana.
Hill's editing rocks, lots of great flourishes & surprising moments. It's big, brash, & cartoony. The characters are pure archetypes and the story is pure good vs. evil. The lead actor did the best riff on a John Wayne-esque "strong silent type" I've ever seen. Love the endless outrageous explosions. But it was the ending that made this a Four Star Flick for me, keying in on the bittersweet amidst triumphal chaos.
I never thought that I'm gonna love this movie. In my opinion, STREETS OF FIRE is an underrated masterpiece from director Walter Hill. I know, the storyline looks cheesy & there's nothing special about it. It's simply about good versus evil. STREETS OF FIRE is fun, exciting, & beautifully shot. The soundtrack really nailed it. Listening its soundtrack is like having masturbation without having the real masturbation..
Can't help but love the convoluted setting (set in some alternate reality where the 80's and the 50's are one and the same) and the cheesy-as-all-hell dialogue; but it's another one of those genuine 80's fashion films. Love the music, minus one star for Willem Dafoe looking like a cross between a lizard, and a biker dominatrix throughout, and effectively haunting my nightmares .
A neon lit exercise in cinematography that never overcomes its obvious back lot shoot and certainly hasn't stood the test of time. Pare and Lane miscast here with only a young psychotic Dafoe making a true impression. The final showdown is still impressive but one has to sit through a lot of 80's overproduced pop (I'm talking to you Jim Steinman) and bad hair and costumes. Definitely an unique entry for Hill.