Purple Rain (1984) was requested by a
|I saw this film when it
was first released on VHS, and was not overly impressed. I appreciated
it much more this time. It is essentially a 111 minute rock video
featuring Prince, with Apollonia Kotero as his love interest.
|Apollonia shows her breasts in
a skinny-dipping scene, and shows major cleavage and legs that
go all the way up in many of her costumes
||While the film never strays far from
the rock video format, it does manage to tell a coherent story. Apollonia
comes to town to break into the music business. Prince is a talented
guy whose career is being held back by personal problems and ego. They
immediately fall for each other, but it is nearly not enough. Prince
seems doomed to repeat all of his father's mistakes, including blowing
a music career, and being abusive to his mate. When his father puts a
gun to his head, Prince figures out that another path might be better.
The film won an Oscar for Best
Original score. Indeed, if this is your music, you will like this
film. Even if it isn't, it is not without merit, and was quite daring
- With their
dollars ... has taken in $32 million in rental income
over the years!
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C+.
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