Xanadu is really not THAT bad
Muse of Dance inspires struggling artist to open dance club and forbidden love evolves
Suddenly, nine mysterious sisters emerge out of a mural that Sunny Malone (Michael Beck) had painted. In the meantime, the freelance artist is forced to return to his boring job painting record covers for window displays. He is close to giving up his dream of becoming a successful artist when he meets the Muse of Dance (Olivia Newton-John). Inspired by Kira, Sunny and his new friend Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly) decide to open a night club. Danny himself was once kissed by a muse and is eager to be back in show business. Kira and Sunny soon fall in love, which upsets father Zeus but the god is gracious and grands the couple one more night…
Admittedly, within the first seconds of Xanadu the production value becomes obvious. Rumors go, they started shooting without a finished script and the plot may seem a bit thin but the filming of the dance scenes improves along the way and the performances of Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly are really entertaining. You know Gene Kelly, he makes tap dancing look cool.
40s glamour meets 80s rock and Gene hands the scepter over to another generation. It is like eye candy in pink, purple and lots of Neon. The costumes are great, the hair is fluffy and they dance on ROLLER SKATES. Last but not least, Sonny adds the charm of a High School rebel. (Oh, the montage when they get ready for the opening night…)
Why I love it
Not only is this a super cheesy 80’s musical on roller skates, Art Deco meets Disco here and neon dance scenes compete with varying acting performances. Marvellous.
New Year’s Eve Parties, people who believe in Fairies, fans of 80s dance movies and roller disco, people that don’t mind a paper-thin plot.
Musical, Mystery, Romance
Staring Olivia Newton-John (Kira / Terpsichore)
Gene Kelly (Danny McGuire)
Michael Beck (Sonny Malone)
Directed by Robert Greenwald
Produced by Lawrence Gordon
Written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel
Music by Barry De Vorzon
Xanadu and Can’t Stop the Music, a musical biography about the Village People, inspired copywriter and publicist John J. B. Wilson to hold a ceremony to award Americas worst in film, known as the Golden Raspberry Award. On Sunday The Oscars will be held in Los Angeles, California for the 87th time. The 35th Razzie Show the night before is probably the fun one.
What’s your favorite bad movie?