Classics: Grease (1978) Review

4/5* Siobhan Divers | Shiv’s Show

Dir: Randal Kleiser

110 mins

Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Barry Pearl, Michael Tucci, Kelly Ward, Didi Conn, Jamie Donnelly, Dinah Manoff.

Forty years after the teen musical was released, Grease is still a fan-favourite with its catchy songs, colourful costumes, energetic dance routines and classic love-story narrative.

A romantic-comedy/ musical, Grease follows the romance of apparent polar-opposite high-school seniors: bad boy Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and good girl Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) who meet at the beach during the summer holidays. The young couple fall in love however as Sandy is returning to Australia with her family at the end of the summer, she fears their romance will be short-lived. At the start of the new school year however, the pair reunite as the plans of Sandy’s family change resulting in them attending the same school for the year.

Apart from the lip syncing at the beginning of the Summer Nights sequence, the iconic film is practically faultless and is still a relevant flick with the issues and ideas brought up relevant to today’s teenagers such as teenage pregnancy scares, the importance of being yourself and the harm that gossip can cause. Pink Lady Rizzo’s (Stockard Channing) forward thinking attitude, Danny’s charm and Sandy’s sweetness and overall innocence also contribute to the film’s success and continuing popularity.

Filmed in the late 1970’s, Grease is set in the 50’s and highlights and expresses our connection to the past and our thirst for nostalgia. A slightly rarer idea now, films of the 70’s and 80’s often looked back to the past with other classic films like Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future also showcasing 50’s fashion and lifestyles.

From the stylish animated title sequence to the happily ever after, Grease is a classic film and is entertaining from start to finish.

Popular with new fans and adults alike, Grease is definitely still the word.

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