I saw Saturday Night Fever a few years back for the first time and was blown away by how good it was. I had somehow expected some typical dance movie. Actually I am not sure what I was expecting, but what I got was totally different. It didn’t end on a sweet note and had a shock factor to it. The sequel Staying Alive doesn’t have this, in fact most people consider this to be a terrible movie but at the same time a guilty pleasure.
While the movie wasn’t great it sure was fun. Directed by Sylvester Stallone, it’s a bit like a dance version of Rocky with a strong 80s “Fame” influence. John Travolta certainly looks the part after taking some body building tips from Stallone. It’s full of cheesy moments but darn it I just could not dislike this movie if I wanted to. Maybe because I am sold on Travolta’s character Tony Manero from the last movie, the character has mellowed but still has a crude and driven personality. The other characters in this movie, in particular are a bit more laughable than theatrical, for example Laura who is as predictable as she looks.
The ending is upbeat, if a little unrealistic. But it brings us right full circle again to the beginning of the first movie when the “Staying Alive” song kicks in and that was the best part of the movie that left a big grin on my face.
Favorite Quote: “I’m gonna strut“- Tony Manero