“Grease” and “Grease 2” — A Cinematic Conundrum

How One Of The Best Movie Musicals In History Was Followed By One Of the Worst

“Grease” Is The Word Among Many

Grease on-screen was directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Saturday Night Fever’s Robert Stigwood and Alan Carr, the latter of whom had originally taken note of John Travolta’s charisma on Kotter and subsequently transformed him into a bonafide movie phenomenon.

Pure Nostalgia And Something More

It soon became more than “Clearasil”-clear that Grease was taking on a life of its own. Saturday Night Fever, sprinkled with the genius rousing soundtrack by The Bee Gees, was a stellar movie musical in its own right. But while that film featured songs that contributed to the storyline, the music in Grease became part of the storyline, incorporated directly into the script.

And It Shouldn’t Have Been Made At All

While John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John wisely passed on re-pairing as Danny and Sandy on screen, they choose to reunite, unsuccessfully as other film characters in Two of a Kind, released in 1983. But one year before that happened, Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield stepped into Travolta/Newton-John’s dancing/singing shoes for what became Grease 2.

The Big Picture — Times 2

Overall, Grease 2 was a valiant attempt to recreate the magic of Grease 1. But it just wasn’t the same, nor should it have been. And while the second Grease flick remains beloved in some campy camps, it simply can’t hold sixteen candles to the original — which will forever remain, at least in this writer’s eyes — the one that everybody wants.

Herbie J Pilato writes about pop-culture, stays positive, and hosts THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, a TV talk show on Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime UK.

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