Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Road House… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
1989 was a cracking year for cinema – Batman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Ghostbusters 2, Licence to Kill, Lethal Weapon 2, Back to the Future part II and, of course, Road House.
Some people consider Road House to be Dirty Dancing for men. Replace the dancing with fighting and what you get is Road House. A very silly plot with a specialised bouncer referred to as a ‘Cooler’ travelling to a small town in Missouri to clean up a run down club called the Double Deuce. The town is under the grip of a local millionaire who has crippled it and paid off the cops so he can do what he wants but Patrick Swayze is not so easily scared by him.
Critics often say Road House is a bad movie but at the same time it’s really good, it’s a huge guilty pleasure to many and is extremely rewatchable. It has everything you would want from an 80s movie. If you haven’t seen it before let see if my retrospective can persuade you to open your eyes to what you’ve been missing all these years!