Grease is the Word

Grease is one of my personal favorite musicals that I’ve seen. I’ve seen it many times, I know all the songs, and even though its moral is kind of iffy, (more on that later) I love watching it. Like most classic movies I’ve seen, I first discovered Grease while watching a VHS tape. I don’t mean that I watched Grease on VHS. I saw a preview for Grease several times on a VHS tape that I can’t remember. I actually first saw Grease when I was in middle school. Since then, I watch it anytime it comes on TV. Not only is it a great musical, it’s also a great teen movie. Even though the actors are clearly not teenagers. Heck, Olivia Newton-John was 28 when she played Sandy. I won’t say spoiler alert, because if you haven’t seen Grease yet, what are you waiting for. Grease at its core is a love story. Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson fall for each other at the beach during summer vacation. Sandy is a good girl from Australia and Danny is a bad boy greaser. Since it’s a summer romance they think they’ll never see each other again. But since this is only the beginning, of course they end up going to the same school…

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“You’re the one that I want”

It’s there we meet Danny’s greaser gang the T-Birds. As well as the Pink Ladies, an all female clique that Sandy later joins. Like most teen movies, Grease is about a whole bunch of things. There’s a plot involving a dance, a drag race, a possible pregnancy, but like I said, the main focus is on the romance. Danny and Sandy are one the best couples to come out of the 70’s. They share a romance that’s all about changing yourself for the one you care about. Which like I said, is kind of an iffy moral. However, that doesn’t make the moment where Sandy shows up with her new bad girl image any less iconic. John Travolta shows off his singing ability in one of his best hammy performances. While Olivia Newton-John became an instant sex symbol. The songs are all terrific. With “Grease is the Word,” “Summer Nights,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “You’re the One that I Want,” and “We Go Together” being my personal favorites. “Hopelessly Devoted to You” was even nominated for Best Original Song. Grease is also notable for being one of a few movies that were re-rated. It was originally PG, then it became PG-13. In a whole, Grease is one of the most iconic musical to film adaptations ever made. The way it ends isn’t enough to take away from the fun high school movie that it is. Grease is the word!

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“We’ll always be together!”

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