Grease (1978) Film Review

Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) is an Australian teenager starting new at Rydell High for her last year of school. She makes friends with the Pink Ladies and laments her summer love with Danny Zuko (John Travolta)- only to discover that he’s the leader of the toughest gang in school. Can they rekindle their love? There’s only one way to find out. A lot of singing. And then the very problematic ending which doesn’t really make sense, but kicks off one hell of a singing finale.

Star-crossed lovers? Hmm… no… maybe. I mean, Sandy’s pretty middle class and Danny’s in a gang, but I guess trying to tell a class film in a bright and cheerful musical has its flaws. Seeing a recent stage production of this and then re-watching the film (which I watched almost non-stop as a child – apart from Stranded at the Drive-In, Totally Devoted to You and There are Worse Things I Could Do which I always fast forwarded) made me wonder how this same story would play out as a gritty drama. Or perhaps I should just watch gritty drama.