Strictly Ballroom; Film on Friday

I was going to do a review of the Wolf of Wall Street, which we watched over two nights last week, but when I sat down to do it, I realised I had disliked the whole thing enough for its excessive sex, swearing and drug abuse and the whole attitude to money and more money that I didn't want to point it out to any one, except as a way of saying that Leonardo Di Caprio in this movie would have made a better Jay Gatsby than the Leo Di Caprio who did turn up in The Great Gatsby. It's as though he has a fatter and less charismatic twin who turned up in Hoover and Gatsby while the slimmer (not absolutely slim) but much more captivating lively Leo was partying in Wall Street.


So, not that one then.

Instead I'm plumping for this;



Strictly Ballroom, Bas Luhrmann's first major film and based strongly in the world of competitive dancing that his parents apparently were well into. It's a real fairytale, the ugly duckling who turns into the partner that wows, the boy who stands tall and dances how his heart and not the rules dictate and the film that taught me that "A life lived in fear is a life half lived."

I watched it years ago and really enjoyed it (enough to have the DVD and watch it a few more times) but it had never struck me that I hadn't watched it with my beautiful Princess. Now, she loves Strictly Come Dancing, remember, and had me dancing around the living room until the last series when my knackered knee kept me still, so I figured that the dancing element of the story would be interesting to her as well as the romance. She is only 12 and still a great romantic.

Comments

  1. Oh my....you **didn't like** Leo in Gatsby? I'm shocked, lady, shocked! And I'm bowled over by the uncanny coincidence of this! As I've been thinking about Strictly Ballroom for MONTHS (LOOOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!! and LOVE the 'a life lived in fear....' quote (I've talked about it several times on my blog!)....and, this morning, what arrived in the post?????? **This DVD!!!!!!** (from a friend).... Spooky spooky coincidence!! I really hope Princess enjoys it!!!!!!! {I know she will!!}....

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    1. She did! She watched it in two parts on either side of a party, and at the end wanted to watch MORE Luhrmann! I might have created a movie monster......???

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  2. I looooove Strictly Ballroom! My husband introduced me to it. I'd never seen it before but he'd been a fan for years. I was so glad he got me to watch it. It's one of my favorite movies now. :)

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    1. It is a lovely movie; I really enjoy the seriousness of the ballroom dancers and the messages I take from the movie; a life lived in fear is a life half lived, and follow your heart.

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  3. Loved your first paragraph in this post - just brilliant. Made me laugh out loud!

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  4. I love Strictly Ballroom too, it's one of my favourites:-)

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  5. I haven't seen either, but your second choice sounds far more up my street! Glad that you enjoyed that one, if not the first. xx

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  6. Haven't seen this for the longest time. May need to keep an eye out for it when the car boots start again.
    Lisa x

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