Today I thought I’d write a review of ‘Dirty Dancing’ as I have loved this film for a long time, and I’ve had a lot of positive feedback about my ‘80s film reviews in the past!
‘Dirty Dancing’ follows a young middle-class girl, Baby, on holiday with her family. It’s the early 1960s and Baby is desperate for something to happen to her- she wants to find love, find adventure, and find out what the world is like outside of her middle-class family circle.
At the holiday camp her family always go to, dance classes are a must- and Baby is soon enraptured by Johnny Castle, one of the best dancers working for the camp. He and friend Penny are the opposite to Baby and her family- fun, wild, and not concerned with breaking the rules.
Baby soon becomes involved in Johnny and Penny’s lives, and she finds herself filling in for Penny at a dance show. This involves lots of dance lessons with Johnny, and she soon finds herself falling for Johnny.
This love story is epic and exciting for Baby- if incredibly unrealistic for the viewer.
There are so many iconic scenes in this film, such as when Johnny teaches Baby to perform lifts in the lake, or that classic final dance scene right at the end of the film. The soundtrack to this film is fantastic, and for me it has such a nostalgic and memorable feel to it.
I really like this film. It has some fantastic dance scenes, and I love the comparison between the straight-laced dance scenes allowed at the camp, and the intimate dance parties taking place behind the scenes when all the middle-class holiday makers go to bed.
This is my feel-good film, and I always watch it when I’m feeling low. The energetic, classic dance scenes never fail to make me feel good.
While I love this film, it’s definitely got a lot of weaknesses.
Putting aside the fun dance scenes and dramatic events, the film lacks a strong storyline. The acting isn’t fantastic and it’s definitely one of those films that I love to watch for the feel of it, and for the iconic dance scenes- rather than the strong storyline and acting.
The romance is also very unrealistic, and I think Johnny and Penny are a much better match than Baby and Johnny.
What did you think of my review of ‘Dirty Dancing’? What’s your feel-good film? Do you have any recommendations?
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