With a dedication to Annette Funicello Disney’s “Teen Beach Movie” begins. When seeing previews (yes this old man watches Disney) I thought it was going to be a good movie. I love when movies play with reality. It also reminded me of those few scenes I remember from the movie that Annette did with Frankie Avalon (I am not that old). When watching this I think that they brought the 60’s beach movie genre back for the new generation.
You might just say, “why is this old man watching this (for youngens) movie?” Well, being an aspiring screenwriter you need to watch what makes a movie work and what doesn’t so that when you’re writing you don’t fall into the Disney fail of the Lone Ranger (this might not be a script related issue, but a genre, maybe?) and now the projected R.I.P.D. Therefore, I continued to watch this film seeing stars of Disney such as Ross Lynch, and Kevin Chamberlin. Additionally, seeing someone I had just watched on ABC Family’s Baby Daddy Grace Phipps. I saw Barry Bostwick. I had just watched The Haunting of… with him in it.
I smiled as the story went on and on. Okay, I did know what I was getting into. It was supposed to have heart and cheesiness. I watched on, (thank you DVR for recording enough to skip the commercials). Yes, that’s how fast I wanted to see what was going to happen next, (when most movies end the same way anyways right?). Well, a movie within a movie you must have conflict. One of the conflicts is the story of love and how this gets intertwined with love and well two “gangs,” the surfers and the bikers. What bikers on a beach? Wouldn’t they just sit in the sand throwing the sand up with their tires?
Things get interesting, (not really) when they introduce a mad scientist and his buddy. But before anything can be done I should mention there is a lot of singing and dancing. Duh! You may say that’s what the movie is all about. Yes, it’s like a “Grease” or even “High School Musical” with the beach under your feet. With this at times I didn’t know if the actors were singing with their own tracked voice, or if they used someone else’s. I know for sure I wanted to get up and dance a few times. (I’m strange. I know. Shhh!!! Don’t tell anyone.) Yeah, the scientist and his buddy are there, as with the plot of “Wet Side Story” (the movie there stuck in) so that the leads, Mac and Brady, are able to get home.
In the end, this was a low budget move. Moreover, it worked (one location and sets). If Disney put this movie in theaters as in, “High School Musical 3″ then they would have made money instead of breaking the bank. It kept me entertained even though I was trying to watch specifically for my own research.
Please note I haven’t seen The Lone Ranger or R.I.P.D so I’m going based on predictions and facts (since The Lone Ranger has been out for a few now).
By: Forrest L. Rawls