Volume 91, Issue 95

Friday, March 27, 1998



Grease sliding back into theatres

By Christina Vardanis
Gazette Staff

Life doesn't get much better than this. Kids of the '70s and '80s have been in comeback heaven lately with the re-releases of true pop classics like Star Wars and Dirty Dancing. Now, the senior class of Rydell High is back to rule the school as the movie is back in theatres today. Grease is once again 'the word' and it's got as much shoowop-shoowadawada-yippity-boom-di-boom as it did 20 years ago.

John Travolta, a.k.a. King of Cool, and Olivia Newton-John lead the way as Danny and Sandy, the star-crossed lovers separated by T-bird protocol. Kinickie, Rizzo and the rest of the gang follow and are the hippest ensemble cast to ever hit musical film.

The love story of school-stud Danny Zuko and Sandy "lousy with virginity" Olson is a timeless mixture of innocence, playfulness and good old-fashioned lust that transcends both age and time. Danny donning a Letterman sweater and Sandy sewing herself into pants tighter than Clinton's damage control team, is as much a declaration of true love as the balcony ode of Romeo to Juliet.

Carol Off, a Gazette staffer in 1978, had a slightly differing opinion of the movie's classic potential when it first debuted. The following are clips from her less than favourable review of the movie, entitled; "Grease: a slick absurd fantasy."

"...evolving around a rather nebulous romance, the film never manages to rise above absurdity and tastelessness. The high school boys and girls appear to be in their late 30s though the film's mentality is aimed at 15-year-olds."

"The stylization is overworked...and stretches into every aspect of the film until one begins to expect anything."

When it comes right down to it, Grease can be summed up in three thoughts: it's got groove, it's got feeling and it's got the undevoted attention of every Pink lady and T-bird wannabe ever to lip-synch "We go together" into their hairbrush. Welcome back Rydell – we've missed you.

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