Would you believe me if I told you that I have never seen Grease, the 1978 film? What? Get out? You’re crazy. Joel has never see the John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Hollywood film, based on the 1971 musical of the same name about two lovers in a 1950s high school. The film also stars Stockard Channing, and Jeff Conaway. In case you also had not seen the film, or have no idea what I’m talking about, the story is about a boy (Travolta) and girl (Newton-John) who meet over the summer and have a summer romance. They unexpectedly meet in September, as they’re now both going to school together at Rydell High School. Travolta’s Danny Zucco character plays the tough guy, and the summer romance with Newton-John’s Sandy character doesn’t jive with his rep. So there’s a lot of back and forth between the two, together and not together.
So, this a musical, and I’m kind of hot and cold about musicals in general. I have to really like the music to like a musical. Unfortunately, I have to report that I wasn’t particularly enamored of the music. Honestly, the only song that I liked the most was Barry Gibb’s “Grease” theme song that plays at the beginning of the film. The rest of the songs, I wasn’t all that impressed with. I also have to admit that I found the film a little too corny for me to enjoy.
Call me a heathen. Go ahead. Get it out of your system.