The DVD presentation was my second viewing of "Flashdance". The first was the original theatrical release which I saw on film in the theatre in 1983. I have to say, I enjoyed it then, and if anything I enjoyed it more now, 35 years later. Incredible artistic look and feel. The decrepit but honest architecture of post-steel-boom Pittsburgh, the lighting, even the actor's clothing and costumes: A visual masterpiece, even as viewed on a tv screen. And the music. Well, what can I say about the music that hasn't already been said? Ok, I'll yield to the critics below that the plot isn't exactly Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. But it isn't meant to be that. The basic plot, while a little sparse, is optimistic, edgy, and emotionally uplifting. "Flashdance" is just what it says, a feeling! Fun, visually artistic, with tunes you'll be singing to yourself for days to come; so just sit back and immerse yourself in a overwhelmingly entertaining experience. Another big plus, it holds up well to the passage of time. Very much recommended.
I'm just not into the aesthetic enough to look past the preposterous plot. Really baffling 7-8 minute sequence of back to back to back "music video sequences" in a row. Obviously made to sell the soundtrack. Congrats, I guess? Also, it turns out Beals can't even dance? I feel cheated, lol.
OK. Let's face it, folks - If you actually took away Flashdance's "Giorgio Moroder"-driven soundtrack, as well as the impressive dance sequences where the uncredited Marine Jahan doubled for Jennifer Beals (who couldn't dance her way out of a wet, paper bag) - Then (Yes. Indeed) this dull-edged story about an 18-year-old welder-cum-dancer (Can you believe such a preposterous scenario as that?) would have been a major flop-eroo like no other,
Released in 1983 to great fanfare - Flashdance was produced on a relatively modest budget of just $7 million. Yet. In its first year, alone, it actually grossed over $200 million, worldwide, at the box-office.
And, speaking about anyone seriously thinking of taking up welding as a means of employment - Believe me - It's definitely one of those super-unhealthy trades where one is up close and inhaling all sorts of noxious fumes and gases, non-stop. Yep. Being a welder will fry your brain in not time flat.
(*Watch "What A Feeling!" music-video*)
A+ for Jennifer Beals!!!! It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. B movie!!!
So many classic scenes! A great love, and triumph story. More nudity than I had expected.
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