2018 Film Challenge: 46. Strictly Ballroom

I downloaded this towards the end of last year, after Kevin Clifton and Susan Calman did the routine inspired by it on Strictly. It’s a film that I’d caught bits of on TV on a few occasions, but I’d never seen the whole thing. I was surprised by how comedic and silly it was, especially early on, but I mean that as a compliment. It was an enjoyable and fun watch; a nice contrast to some of the darker films I’ve watched recently.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • That’s quite the look. It’s Peter Stringfellow meets Leland Palmer.
  • Ha ha, this is funnier than I’d expected / remembered
  • Don’t just leave her glasses there. Rude.
  • Nice sky
  • Love this song
  • Hee hee, I just remembered that slot machines are called pokies in Australia and New Zealand. Hee hee, pokies.
  • ‘Show me your Paso Doble’ is quite an unusual taunt
  • The dad’s my favourite
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One Response to 2018 Film Challenge: 46. Strictly Ballroom

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    I’d seen a bit of this film about 20 years ago, but as it was only a relatively small amount of the movie, and as my memory of what I did see was so hazy, I’m not counting it as a film I’d seen before (at least not on Letterboxd). This is another one that doesn’t appear to be available to stream on either Netflix or Amazon, so I bought the blu-ray on eBay and watched it that way.

    I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would, I also found it much funnier than expected. It has a sort of mockumentary vibe at the beginning, like Christopher Guest doing a dancing film or something. I think Scott’s dad was my favourite character, simmering slowly until the end when he just had to speak out!

    Overall, this was funny, and an enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes. Would recommend.

    Apropos of nothing, the Whitlams once did a song called Blow Up The Pokies.

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