Grease is a musical film based off of the 1971 Broadway Musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey about two high school lovers in the 1950s. The film was produced in 1978 and directed by Randal Kleiser. The cast includes Olivia Newton John as Sandy Olson, John Travolta as Danny Zuko, Stockard Channing as Rizzo, and Didi Conn as Frenchy. The movie was very successful, with the budget of only $6 million it brought in about $395 million at the box office. With all components of the movie combined, it is labeled as a musical, romance, and a comedy.
The movie Grease as a whole is very exhilarating, entertaining, and creative. The characters represent the different types of kids in high school such as the cool boys (The T-Birds), the cool girls (The Pink Ladies), the goody two shoes (Sandy Olson), and the peppy cheerleader (Patty Simcox), etc. The story-line, although not very realistic, is full of twists and turns. Starting with the scenes from summertime, the movie is very romantic yet sad when it introduces two lovers whose dreams get ripped at the seams by the end of summer vacation. It is a little hard to believe that Danny and Sandy would both end up attending Rydell High after Sandy's move from Australia. Sandy is heartbroken when Danny acts like a completely different guy than he was that summer. In fact, Sandy feels hopelessly devoted to Danny even after he broke her heart. Danny ends up apologizing and even tries to be more like Sandy to get her affection back. This part of the movie is very humorous because Danny continuously attempts, yet fails, to play all kinds of sports. They become a couple again and attend a dance which is also a television aired competition. This part is very exciting, including amusing music and a lot of dancing! Afterwards they go to a drive-in movie where Danny ends up stranded at the drive in after her tries to make a move on her. The quarreling of the couple becomes almost exhausting as they break up and get back together over and over. The movie ends in a fun dancing scene where everyone gets along and the main couple drives off into the sky, yet another unrealistic part.
Although the actors are all past their teenage years and don't look exactly like high school students, they do a very good job of portraying their characters. They all perform believably and make the musical and dramatic scenes reach their full potential. Olivia Newton John has solo songs and acting parts where she ingeniously portrays her character as smart, kind, shy, and humble. The transformation from Sandy at the beginning of the film to Sandy at the end shows Olivia's ability to change her acting performance drastically. John Travolta brilliantly plays the part of Olivia's counterpart. He does an excellent job acting as the cool guy who rules the school. He is charming, funny, and slightly aloof towards Sandy. The costumes, hairstyles, and props all work to help the actors pull the entire film together making it seem as if the characters truly are in the 50s.
Many film critics say that Grease is a very energetic musical filled with fun scenes and characters. Critics also believe that's as deep as the film gets, they don't see much meaning behind the movie. Most audiences seem to love the film because it is joyous, exciting, and fun to sing along to! Grease appeals to all ages. In my opinion, Grease is a fantastic movie with outstanding musical numbers, actors and scripts. The movie brings happiness to families all over the world and encourages love, friendship, and shows the importance of staying true to yourself!