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.
Dark, savage urbanism never looked this great with every shot a neon oil painting. Fantastic upbeat soundtrack, aggressive editing, gritty youth-culture atmosphere and wonderful minimalistic characterisation. "The Warriors" bloomed into a full musical makes for the most memorable gang film until "Crows Zero".
There isn't much else going on outside of the aesthetics but that barely matters. It's 50's dialogue and 80's dystopia coalesced into an outrageous rock and roll tale. It's all here; there's neons galore, car chases, motorbikes and plenty of leather. Just sit back, let your eyes pop and your toes tap.
Really wanted to like this one but it just doesn't work. Shallowly written and choppily edited, Streets of Fire is a bore. It only works on the aesthetic level and not on any other. One of Walter Hill's weakest efforts. REMATCH: Memorable and holds up better than I remember but not one of my favorite Hill.
I thought the cast was great,especially Dafoe who's always superb as a bad guy. Loved the comic book feel to it, its a fun film indeed. The 50's meets the 80's is a pretty cool idea but I think because it such an 80's film the coolness its trying to be doesn't exactly work, I just found some scenes to be pretty bad, most of the concert scenes especially.