Purple Rain (1984)

Prince’s style in this film is best described as gay Jimi Hendrix

Prince plays ‘The Kid’ a talented musician and performer who is hampered in his attempts to become sucessful by his ego and self indulgent performances.

Even though this is a fictionalized account you get the impression this film is attempting to be real in some way and at least show some of Prince’s life. However there is so much affected ‘cool’ and posturing that you never really get much beyond the impression that he is some kind of sensitive peacock. The lyrics : “Maybe I’m just like my father, too bold. Maybe you’re just like my mother
She’s never satisfied”¬† from When Doves Cry will tell you pretty much all you need to know about his parental and relationship problems – his father is abusive towards his mother, and The Kid (Prince) is heading in same direction.

Some of the acting is shocking but is somehow forgivable given it’s a pop vehicle with a lot of real-life musicans involved. The soundtrack is good but how much you enjoy this film will depend on whether you are a fan of Prince’s music or not. For most people there wont be much to enjoy beyond Purple Rain and When Doves Cry 3/10

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