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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again movie full length review - An homage, not a remake
One of the more en vogue things to do in 2016, especially if you're a super fan of 1975's The Rocky Horror Picture Show is to hate the idea of Fox rebooting the film for today's audiences with The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again.
Many fans of the seminal Jim Sharman rock musical came prepared to hate this re-imagining before it ever started. The Let's Do The Time Warp Again version could not possibly top the 75 cult classic that's still running in theatres today, nor did that production think they could or intend to. When thinking of this version as simply a re-imagining for today's audiences instead of a remake with hopes of replacing it, one can have a much more enjoyable experience watching it. The production notes themselves admit that they are not attempting a remake, they simply wish to pay homage and bring the 1975 film to audiences who have possibly never seen it, and to inspire a new generation to look up The Rocky Horror Picture Show upon which this film is based.
Just like the 1975 version starring the perfectly casted Tim Curry, Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Laverne Cox), a transplant from the planet Transsexual, has become distracted with whatever work she and her minions, Riff Raff (Reeve Carney), Magenta (Christina Milian), and Columbia (Annaleigh Ashford) is seeking to make a perfect man solely for sexual pleasure. Secluded in a castle off the main road, the group is surprised when they are visited by a young, engaged, couple Brad Majors (Ryan McCartan) and Janet Weiss (Victoria Justice). Initially, Brad and Janet are taken aback, as the two come from an idyllic small town with sexually primitive values. After experiencing the liberation that comes from sexual exploration, however, Brad and Janet begin to enjoy their time at the castle. When Frank-N-Furter proves to be a bit unbalanced after killing another one of his creations, Brad and Janet just begin to hope that they will be able to make it back to Denton alive.
In terms of paying homage to the Richard O'Brien written play from 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) does a fantastic job. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is known for its status in movie theatres. Still running today, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the longest-running film in cinema history and is well known for being viewed by a raucous crowd who delivers their own script as the movie plays. The continuous shots of an audience watching the movie interactively was a brilliant touch to pay homage to the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become. There were also several other nods to the 1975 feature throughout the film such as the 41st annual convention sign when Cox makes her entrance as Dr. Frank-N-Furter noting that 41 years ago the film premiered. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) is very aware that it is a film, and it owns that moniker rather than intending to make the audience forget that they are watching a film. Laverne Cox enters on a well-known movie prop referenced in the 1975 classic, we see images of the snack bar at the front of the theatre several times throughout the film, as well. Acting as a wink to the audiences, these props also seek to remind audiences that this film is not intending to be a remake, and certainly not intending to replace a classic. The film is not without its faults, of course, most notably a horribly miscast Brad and a series of strange acting choices. I was reminded of a quote by my favorite actor Gene Wilder (rest his soul) "If the physical thing you're doing is funny, you don't have to act funny while doing it...Just be real and it will be funnier". To me, this quote struck a chord with me because there seemed to be so much missed emotion and overacting because the principles weren't as well in-tuned with the emotions or motivations of their source characters. All-in-all, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) was a fun homage to the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, of which I am one of those die-hard fans, that makes about as many marks as it misses, yet serves as a wonderful homage to a favorite cult classic.