Film 339 in the ‘1001 Films to See Before You Die’ challenge is 1992’s “Strictly Ballroom”. Directed by Baz Luhrmann and based on the play of the same name that was written by the director, this Australian romantic comedy drama is about a maverick dancer named Scott Hastings (played by Paul Mercurio) who risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. This is the first film in ‘The Red Curtain Trilogy’, the other two films being 1996’s “Romeo + Juliet” and 2001’s “Moulin Rouge”. From the title alone, I thought I was not going to enjoy this film. But as the film went on, I found myself enjoying it more and more. With films that involve lots of dancing, occasionally the plot takes a backseat while the dancing does all the driving. But in this film, the dancing doing the driving but the plot is riding shotgun. That made better sense in my head. The plot was easy to follow, the dancing was top notch and I can sort of see how this film won 2 BAFTAs. Does this film still hold up after 24 years? I would say so. Also, another key thing this film tells the audience is that you should never hide secrets from your children and that you should never rig competitions. Even if the guy who’s winning looks like Ric Flair. Overall, this is a feel good movie that I would recommend. Thumbs up. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1992’s “Strictly Ballroom”
Film – Strictly Ballroom
Year – 1992
Director – Baz Luhrmann
Written by – Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, Andrew Bovell
Based On – “Strictly Ballroom” by Baz Luhrmann (play)
Staring – Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter
IMDb Rating – 7.2/10
My Rating – 7.7/10
Length – 89 min (1h 29min)
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
We open with a waltz as dancers compete
That one dancer in the white suit looks like Ric Flair
Cut to Scott Hasting’s parents
How dolled up does Shirley look
Shout out to VHS tapes
Now for samba dancing – This feels like I’m watching Strictly Come Dancing
So… You’re not allowed to show off in a dance contest?
I don’t think they do the worm in samba dancing
Ken and Pam win because the actually did samba dancing and didn’t break dancing rules
Is Fran dancing with a box of cereal?
That’s cereal? That’s looks more like washing powder
He’s so mad he’s gone crosseyed
Well that’s one way to stop someone from leaving
Well… That escalated quickly
Time to find Scott a new partner before the next dance-off in 3 weeks
“Scott’s Sinful Solo” – Did the subtitles give away what’s about to happen?
Oh.. Hey Fran..
Fran asks is she can be Scott’s partner but he rejects her
Think it’s obvious that Scott is a dick
Scott and Fran are now partners and are already start training
You want to use Irish River dancing in rumba dancing
Time for auditions while I secretly train Fran
This little girl would be good at this reviewing gig
Does Scott only own one pair of vests and pants?
Well then… Since the dancefloor’s occupied by my dad wanting to use the record player, shall we practice in front of the Coca-Cola billboard?
Out of all the songs to use, Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” isn’t what I would use
Shout out to the Fanta graffiti in the background
Time for the State Championship
And Ken’s drunk at the State Championship!
Wait…. The changing rooms are also a casino?
So… Nathan’s retiring from dancing to become a landscape manager? Whatever that is
Wait… Fran can dance? Why didn’t we know?
Who has a meeting in the kitchen?
Thanks for the free VHS – I didn’t wanna pay $30 for it
Dance the paso doble and maybe you can have Fran
So… Paso Doble is river dancing?
Good thing I have a translator otherwise I’d be buggered
She is pretty much slapping him in the chest repeatedly
Got worried then! Thought that train was gonna run into the camera
Oh.. Hello dancer who always get into bad luck with every dancer she’s had
That man’s trousers really show off his ass crack – It’s hard not to look away from it
Doesn’t this prove that this whole dance competition is rigged?
Why did we randomly cut to a drunk man asleep on the sofa for a split second?
So… Dad can dance but no one wants to talk about it?
Better tell Scott that his dad can actually dance
And now for a flashback to how Doug and Shirley met
Nice to know Young Doug has fillings in his teeth
So… Like father like son?
So… Scott now knows the truth about his dad and is now dancing with Liz?! – Huh?
Hey Fran’s here…. In the beginner’s competition
So… The bogo pogo is basically dry humping?
I KNEW IT!!! It was rigged!!! Barry’s rigged it for Ken to win
Thanks Doug for telling everyone your secret
And Scott bails on the dance and goes to find Fran
Meanwhile Wayne tells Les about Barry rigging the dance
Scott returns with Fran while everyone stops Barry
Erm… Someone wanna stop Barry’s wife or are we just leaving her to play dumb?
Scott and Fran then get disqualified because… Well… Barry hates them
Who needs music when you can have everyone clap
Oh… Hey Liz…
BOO! DOUG! BOO!! I wanted him to go to Shirley and just flip her off
Serves Barry right for looking more red than ketchup