Well, the title sort of gives it away… ‘Grease’ is the word! (And possibly one of the greatest musicals ever!)
Well.. ‘Grease’. We all know it from its showstopping musical numbers, “You’re The One That I Want”, “Greased Lightnin'” and “Summer Loving” which stick in our minds forever.. but that’s not the only thing that makes ‘Grease’ such a memorable and much loved musical.
Set in the late 1950s, possibly the greatest fashion age ever, we meet Danny Zuko (the hot, sexy, sleek John Travolta [yes, he was good looking at one point!]) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John, whose hair is absolutely fantastic!) who are at the beach, falling in love.. as every boy-gets-the-girl-film starts. And yet, they are to be separated: Sandy must go back to Australia where she belongs. Yet…oh no.. that can’t be… it’s an American romance film!
Therefore, Sandy changes her plans and ends up staying in America, ironically going to the same school where Danny currently goes: Rydell High School. Upon discovering this fact, Danny is amazed and happy, but unable to show these emotions in front of his friends, so he offends his summer love (classic move..). He tries to win her back, taking her to the televised prom and to the drive-in cinema before he again offends her, and she storms away with Danny shouting after her: “Sandy, you can’t walk out of a drive-in!”. And so, after a heartfelt and genuinely heartwarming rendition of ‘Sandy’, Danny decides that he has to change and do anything he can to get his girl. However, in true romantic-comedy style, Sandy resolves to do the exact same thing, becoming a rock chick who is the type of girl a greaser like Danny would be seen with. Hence, ‘You’re The One That I Want’, one of the most iconic songs in musical history, is sung, and the costumes don’t miss the iconic short-list either.
Last, and by no means least, ‘We Go Together’ is sung, really showcasing the fact that despite all the disagreements and falling in and out of love, in the end all we have are our friends, who keep up as together. Even though Rizzo ridicules Sandy in her song ‘Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee’, they both prove the loyalty that they have for each other as friends, with Sandy offering her help when Rizzo has a pregnancy false alarm and Rizzo singing along with the rest of the group at the end of the film. Although they all have their differences, they pull together and balance it all out, making the main cast the ideal group of friends, and Sandy and Danny’s relationship the have-it-all kind that every girl dreams of, even though the romance is a little greasier than in reality.
So, however greasy some of the relationships in ‘Grease’ are, the main message is the following: when all the superficial water evaporates, the only thing left in the pan are your friends- and those are the people who will stick with you for life.
But there’s one thing to remember: if a friend is evidently fickle, just recall the wise words of Sonny LaTierri:
“I’m not taking any of her crap, that’s all, I’ll take no crap from nobody.”
‘Till tomorrow, my friends.