Grease Live movie full length review - Amazing Grease version for the new Generation
I am a teen of the 2010s and had my childhood throughout the 2000s so my most beloved musical will be "High School Musical" but I've known the musical Grease for a long time now since I discovered it in 2012 and to my point of view, this version re-introduced Grease to our generation.
Grease is among my favorite musicals and this version proved that Grease really is the word.
In my opinion, the 1978 movie and Grease:Live shouldn't be compared to each other. Why? Because both of them were just remakes of the original Broadway show in 1972. One for the big screen and one for the television. So they really are different. Some fans of the movie may complain but they should remember that the movie itself was just a version of the original and Grease: Live is a version of the Broadway show with some parts that were took from the movie version. But I understand why they react that way. I just don't like is that they don't include the original when comparing.
I just loved the fact that some of the big stars from Hollywood were part of the show. It included former iconic teen stars, Vanessa Hudgens who portrayed Gabriela in the iconic musical "High School Musical", Keke Palmer from the Nickelodeon sitcom, True Jackson VP and Carlos PenaVega from Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush. Also appeared in the show were three of the decade's big music artists, Carly Rae Jepsen and Jessie J as well as the group band DNCE. It also included Mario Lopez with the Broadway star and Les Miserables actor Aaron Tveit and Dancing with the stars contestant-turned-judge Julianne Hough. It really wasn't just a show with unknown celebrities. Many were famous stars and it helped Grease: Live to get more attention from the younger audience.
Speaking of the cast's performance, Everyone in the cast performed well. It may not be the greatest but they still did great. From major roles to minor roles they portrayed their characters well. I love the portrayal of Keke Palmer as Marty because she made Marty flirty, more bitchy and at the same time classy. Though her accent might really sound odd but I actually do not think she's overacting it. The way she acted is very theatrical for me. Another character that stood out to me was Elle Mclemore's portrayal as Patty Simcox. She really slayed it! I also liked Carly Rae Jepsen's portrayal of Frenchy. I never imagined her acting because she's a pop singer, but she really had a talent in acting. Vanessa's portrayal of Rizzo made her character more relatable. You can feel Rizzo on the way she portrayed.
I also liked how they rearranged the plot to make things more understandable, like the reason why Sandy left the dance floor where in the 1978 movie, it wasn't clear.
The musical performances were great too. I loved how they included "Freddy my Love" and "Those magic changes" where in the movie version, they were removed. "Those Magic Changes" were included though in the movie version but it was just among the background music during the Prom scene. I don't like the performance of Boyz II Men in Beauty School Dropout. It sounded very 1990s boy band. They should've sung ala The Platters. The newly added song number sung by Carly also sounded 2010s. Though I don't care about it because some of the added songs in the movie version also sounded very 70s. It included the opening song, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You're the one that I want, as well as the movie version of Born to the Hand Jive.
The scene where the old met the new frenchie is so oddly satisfying for me.
I don't like though the idea of the so called "Integration of the Cast". I knew that it was done to avoid some misunderstanding towards the black community but they should have sticked to the historical truth. But i'm fine with it.
Over all this was a great version of the Broadway show Grease, both production wise and acting wise. Great job.