Saturday, July 7, 2012

Purple Rain (1984)

Director: Albert Magnoli. Cast: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Clarence Williams III. 111 min. Rated R. Musical.

Merely watched it because of its status among musicals, expecting a corny vehicle that fed Prince's claim to fame in the 80s. But I was surprised. Very similar to 8 Mile, it's about a singer who with all his glorious facade, is struggling with his inner demons, including his extreme fear of rejection, an abusive father, and a downward drift into repeating his Dad's self-destructive behavior. The decent job Prince does at acting brings up the question how much of this based on his own life story. Contains the obligatory singer biography scene where the singer trashes his own house.

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