Cast: John Travolta, Jamie Walters, Heather Graham, and Richard Jordan
Director: Jeffrey Hornaday
Writer: Joe Gayton
Plot Summary According to IMDB: A new music teacher in a 1955 West Texas home for wayward boys brings new vision and hope for many of the interned boys.
Genre: Drama, Musical
Starting this movie I had high hopes for it. Not only did it have John Travolta, but a very young Heather Graham as well. Not to mention it being set in an era where The Blues and Rock and Roll were just being discovered. The best years of real rock and roll in my opinion, when blues were something defined as dangerous and wrong. My high hopes continued on, even during the very spotty sounds. Yes, sadly, you will be having a long gruesome war with the volume buttons, but if you’re like me and can look past such flaws, you will most likely still enjoy the movie. I mean, it’s got blues AND John Travolta, if that isn’t incentive enough, then I may be a little afraid of you.
IMDB classified this movie as a musical, but I don’t see how. It doesn’t fit your typical description of a musical where everyone is blasting out their emotions through song and dance every five seconds. It just has some damn good music.
The story behind the movie itself is well…hidden behind the romantic drama of it all. Or maybe that was the story…it’s truly hard to tell in the movie because you’re simply too entertained with what is going on in everyone’s individual plot that the main focus of the actual story is kind of lost on you. It’s the kind of movie where each person that watches it will find a different story to share in it.
What I love about the film is how accurate all of the opinion on rock and roll are during that time period. A specific scene to relate to that doesn’t give away any plot is one in a church, where you hear a man preaching about the sins all around everyone, and him asking all of those listening to reject such things, and especially the words and sin in the music coming out ‘now-a-days’.
Overall a very interesting film, one that kept my attention for the whole movie, which truthfully is quite hard for me to do. Get the popcorn ready ahead of time, and keep everything you need when you watch a movie by you at all times, because if you’re like me, any interruption will annoy you to no end.
Would I Recommend This: Hell Yes