Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Rock & Rule (1983)

Director: Clive A. Smith

Writers: Patrick Loubert, Peter Sauder, John Halfpenny

Composer: Patricia Cullen

Starring: Paul Le Mat, Don Francks, Gregory Salata, Susan Roman, Samantha Langevin, Dan Hennessey, Greg Duffell, Chris Wiggins, Brent Titcomb, Donny Burns, Martin Lavut, Catherine Gallant, Keith Hampshire, Melleny Brown, Anna Borque, Nick Nichols, John Halfpenny, Maurice LaMarche, Catherine O'Hara, Deborah Harry, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Robin Zander

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Beauty... The Beast... The Beat!

Plot: Angel, a member of a punk rock band in the apocalyptic future, is kidnapped by Mok, a legendary super rocker. Obsessed with a dark experiment, Mok plans to use Angel's voice to summon a demon from another dimension. The rest of the band such as Omar, Dizzy, and Stretch follows Mok in a stolen police car to Nuke York in an attempt to get her friend back before Angel's voice is gone.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Here's another flick that has eluded me for decades and I finally got around to it.  It looks and feels like a Ralph Bakshi picture but it's not.  It's pretty damn good.  The music and songs are great as well as the animation covering a good story but there's a huge turnoff and that's the humor.  The people that surround the main characters (Omar, Angel (the good guys) and Mok (the bad guy)) are painfully silly and clumsy.  And it's not like it's just a sprinkle of silly, it's all over the picture.  It didn't take long for me to find it irritating.  If it weren't for that this would be a no-brainer to watch again someday.  As it is?  Ugh.  Blondie has a great tune that's used throughout.  That helps.  Man, that fucking childish humor.  Take that out and it's a fantastic flick.

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