I’ve been listening to the sound track to Grease when I’m out and about lately. You remember Grease. The trials and tribulations of a bunch of high school kids from the fifties set to music. The songs are so like the (by today’s standards) innocent rock and roll of the time you would think they were actual songs of the era. I love it.
The thing is really kind of over the top. The characters are parodies of cliche high school kids from a hundred high school movies. Except Sandy. Sandy, played by Olivia Newton John, is the fresh faced innocent and she looks the part (still does kind of, doesn’t she?). Sandy is the anchor, the reality that the rest of the cartoon-like characters swirl and spin around. My favorite songs are Summer Nights and Hopelessly Devoted to You.
The plot such as it is concerns the innocent Sandy and greaser Danny who had a summer romance. Now they find themselves in the same school but separated by the expectations of their respective groups. The problem I have with the movie is that it ended backwards. A leather clad Sandy sings I Need a Man as she converts to Danny’s greaser ways.
It should have ended the other way. Danny starts going to church with Sandy, gets saved, they get married and become missionaries to India. Think of it. John Travolta a missionary to India.
Oh Sandy. Why did you do it? Why did you give in?
Sorry. I got carried away didn’t I? After all, it’s just a movie.
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