The Rocky Horror Picture Show is probably the weirdest musical you will ever come across. The film that redefined what it meant to be a cult classic, Jim Sharman’s immortal adaptation of the stage musical continues to live on in the hearts and minds of millions of fans worldwide, including in a theater in Munich where the film has played every week for over 35 years, making the film have the longest continual run in theaters in history.
The film happily makes complete fun of musical conventions, and indeed storytelling conventions, from the opening number all the way through the closing minutes. Elevating the B movie to a higher art form, the film looks and feels like a low-budget debacle, and for that mysterious reason that makes bad things so bad they’re good, it ends up working, in a parodic way. The kitschy songs help along the eerie and fantabulous mood the film gleefully embraces; who hasn’t moved and swung along to ‘Sweet Transvestite’ and especially ‘Time Warp’ whenever they inexplicably show up on old-time radio? The acting is similarly overblown and highly characterized, and it would be remiss to mention the incredible sense of style and fashion the film engorges itself hedonistically on.
For those who haven’t seen this one yet, you might have your reasons, but personal quibbles aside, this is a unique experience that truly must be had to believe it. The film that made Tim Curry a star, as well as reintroduced Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick to a new audience, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a film unlike any other.
Arbitrary Rating: 7/10