Not as bad as some reviewers say, GREAT music!
This is NOT as bad a movie as some reviewers, and as the summary at the IMDB
page for this movie, say it is. Why? First is the fact that in 1984 the
movie makers were daring enough to confront, as one of the plot elements,
the issue of domestic violence -- so reviewers who complain about the plot
are sadly missing one of the main points! Second, without the plot element
of Prince's movie relationship with his abusive father, the musical climax
wouldn't work as well as it does -- so those reviewers who say that only the
music is good have, once again, missed one of the points -- specifically,
WHY it is so good...because all of the music in this film has a plot element
backdrop that makes the music more effective. Third, give this movie a
break! For first-time movie producers and director, this is just not that
bad! There are far worse movies out there by accomplished movie people!!
And last, the reviewers who say that the music is "good" have also missed
the point -- check out the range of stylistic musical treatments, the
variety, the musicianship, and the stage performance of Prince -- truly one
of a kind, going musically where no one else was going during the 1980's,
and with a style seen in the work of other artists (clothes and movement:
which costuming elements came first, Michael Jackson's or Prince's? Also,
see if you can spot the splayed fingers sweeping in front of the eyes that
Prince does in this movie, long before Quentin Tarentino's "Pulp Fiction").
As the sum of its parts, not a bad movie at all..
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This movie is everything, I love it.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE .
loved purple rain prince is my idol..
I can't forget this movie....
A towering achievement.
In PURPLE RAIN, the movie's star appears in front of the screen in a cloud
of mystery. His character, called simply The Kid has kind of a svengali
effect on everybody he meets. The club he plays in is the First Avenue
which we learn has been the starting point for many up and coming
superstars. The movie's set in Minnesota, Prince's hometown and it doesn't
seem like the kind of place people want to end up in.
There's other characters in this semi-biographical , semi performance movie.
The rival act in the club(led by Morris Day of the time), and a young
girl, straight out of a cab who wants to make it big and steal the Kid's
heart. This isn't easy, because just when it seems like Prince is putting
himself above the material(his own band walk egg shells around him) we go
home and meet his parents. In the movie's powerful dramatic scenes we see
the father(Clarence Williams III) beating up his wife. This happens a lot,
and since The Kid gets beat up by his father everytime he tries to
intercede, he stays down in the basement and turns up the volume sky high.
PURPLE RAIN is a towering achievement, one of the best musicals I've seen.
The music is fantastic. At the end of the movie on stage, Prince sings "I
will die 4 U" and it's intercut with his father laying in a hospital bed
with the mother beside him. It's electric. The whole movie is like that.
This is a movie that not only has great music but the performances are good
and dramatically compelling. You see, the father was a musician himself,
and very bitter that he didn't make it out of Minneapolis. In a harrowing
scene, after The Kid's mother has shot the father, he discovers a chest full
of his father's music. The movie wisely never tells us whether any of the
songs at the end were the old man's songs.
I mentioned how Prince is like a svengali figure. You see that in the
forced scenes with his band mates, The Revolution. Everyone seems scared of
this guy, like he'll fire them or something. In the end credits, all of the
songs except one are credited to Prince. There's a subplot involving two
female band members who urge him to perfom their song, "Purple Rain." He
does and it's the crescendo of the movie, but that's a Prince song. PURPLE
RAIN is a wonderful movie and Prince is electric, but he doesn't seem like
the kind of guy who'll take orders.
STAR STAR STAR STAR (out of four).