To start with I love this film. I find it such a simple(ish) story with major heart! It never fails to leave me with a smile on my face and that is what makes me love some films so much. This is also one of my all time favourite dance movies, along with ‘Step Up’, and after watching this film again recently, I really must investigate more dance films. This film is hugely iconic, so much so, that it is even mentioned in one of my favourite household TV shows, ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
I think that the actors in this film did an amazing job and should be very proud of what they helped produce. The actors involved in this film were: Jennifer Grey (Baby Houseman), Patrick Swayze (Johnny Castle), Jerry Orbach (Jake Houseman), Cynthia Rhodes (Penny Johnson), Jane Brucker (Lisa Houseman) and Kelly Bishop (Marjorie Houseman).
Being a ‘dance’ movie the film has loads of great choreography and along with that a great soundtrack. Some of my favourite dancing scenes are when Baby is practising on the bridge and also when she and Johnny are practising on the log in the woods. I think that these scenes, including the scene when they are practising the lift, are key moments in their characters’ romantic relationship development. ‘Dirty Dancing’ is very much a love story and very much about finding yourself and, also, fighting for what, and or who, you believe in. I am upset that there wasn’t a sequel, but I am happy that they didn’t try to make another sequel with different actors, as I think that this will have ruined the legacy of the film. Considering parts of this film were improvised or the cameras were just left rolling, I would love to know how much was improvised and how much was scripted.
This is the type of film that makes me want to become an actress and dancer as, unless you knew how to dance already, the prep-work for the film would mean you have to learn how to do it. This is just one of the subjects about acting that makes it so fascinating to me and amazing to do for a living. I love how the director Emile Ardolino, wanted to use actors who he would watch, then adapt the dancing choreography to, which I think is great as it gives different types of actors a chance. This film is also only an hour and fourty minutes long which means you don’t have to free up too much of your time to enjoy it.
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Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!
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