I was 30 in January. For a lot of people, turning 30 can be a turning point in their life. It certainly was for me.
For my first 30 years of existence, I managed to avoid watching Dirty Dancing. This period of my life will be known as BDD (Before Dirty Dancing). I am now in the period of my life known as PDD (Post Dirty Dancing).
What I’ve discovered is that my life has gone on in much the same way as before. If I look a little deeper, it’s probably been improved as I’ve shown that I was willing, even happy to watch it.
Gentleman, it’s ok. You can do it too. Take it from someone that made it to the other side.
So, here’s my review.
The first thing I want to say is that I like it. I watched it on a Friday night and it was easy watching without needing me to concentrate much. That’s priceless when you’ve been in work and you just want something to pass the time.
Dirty Dancing being made in the 80s also helped. If it was released this year, I may well have walked out of the cinema before it had finished but I find that anything that was made in the 80s rarely goes wrong.
The soundtrack had my toes tapping, there were numerous laughs and I even felt my hips move in my seat at one point (the latter was stopped in its tracks as soon as I noticed it).
As a movie, the messages are simple without making it complex and that makes this review hard to write if you’re looking for a deconstruction. It’s a simple movie that champions friendship, helping others and giving people a chance despite what you may first think.
And even though that’s it, that’s all we really need Dirty Dancing to be.
The laughs I had came mostly because it’s a movie of its time. There are scenarios that don’t really make sense to me but hey, it was made in the 80’s so let’s just enjoy the music and haircuts.
I mean sure, Patrick Swayze has likely inspired my new haircut and yes, I was willing to look past a father pimping out his daughters to the hotel staff.
Again, I started to move with the music and because of that, I was able to get past the important issue of back street abortions.
And that training montage? If we didn’t know we were watching an 80’s flick, we sure do now.
I’m obviously being tongue in cheek here but my point is - it’s a movie that asks you to enjoy it for what it is rather than ask you to really think about what’s going on. We need movies that do that and I don’t think we get that often enough these days.
As much as I enjoyed watching it, there’s one thing I was disappointed with. Having avoided watching it for 30 years, it’s still hard to avoid Dirty Dancing’s pop culture references. “No-one puts Baby in the corner” is probably up there with the biggest quotes in movie history. I was expecting it to be a big scene that was shouted at someone in anger, much like “You can’t handle the truth” in A Few Good Men.
Instead, it was basically a whisper before the big finale.
Maybe I should have followed suit and just whispered that I’d enjoyed it rather than writing a review. I suppose in this new PDD world, nothing is as it seems.
3* - Almost had the time of my life.