Well, where do I begin?
When I heard that there was a Rocky Horror remake, I had mixed feelings about it. Seeing that Victoria Justice was in it was a good sign for me as it is always good to see a familiar face. I was very interested to see what spin she would put on Janet as I have seen much of her other work and am familiar with her range.
But I must say that I was disappointed in her overacting as well as Ryan McCartan as Brad. One thing that made the original so good is how strong Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick’s performances were in contrast to the eccentric characters Brad and Janet meet.
One major thing that I have a problem with is the casting of Laverne Cox as Frank-N-Furter. No, I do not have a problem with how Tim Curry is white and Laverne is black. What I have a problem with is that I just don’t feel that Laverne was the right casting. For starters, Frank-N-Furter is a transvestite, which is a running theme throughout the film including when Brad and Dr. Scott dress up in transvestite clothing. Frank-N-Furter even sings a song about being a transvestite. But Laverne is a transgender. A transvestite is a man who dresses up in women’s clothing. But transgender is when one gender is physically turning into the other gender. So seeing that Laverne is classed as a female and she is dressed up in women’s clothing which does not mean anything at all. It has no impact like Tim’s actual transvestite persona.
One good thing about this movie was Reeve Carney’s performance as Riff Raff. Which in my opinion would be one of the hardest characters to pull off as the original actor was Richard O’Brian who wrote the original screenplay, so Richard would have known the character extremely well when playing the role. But Richard Carney’s portrayal was spot on.
One of the things that helped with publicity was that original Frank-N-Furter, Tim Curry played the narrator in his first on-screen appearance since his stroke in 2012. They also heavily publicised the fact that Adam Lambert was in it yet he actually didn’t appear in it for very long.
Watching interviews with the cast, they all seem to heavily publicise the fact that they had a bigger budget than the original movie. “The 70’s version had a really small budget and we had a lot larger budget so like production wise it’s a lot bigger of a show” states Victoria Justice in an interview. Which in my opinion gave the original that charm. Watching the remake with its bigger budget made it look too polished.
One thing that gave me hope that this movie was going to be good was that it was helmed by acclaimed director Kenny Ortega whose work includes directing classics such as Hocus Pocus and the High School Musical trilogy. Also being the choreographer for the classic Ferris Builer’s Day Off. But in saying that, they’re all original movies, so the way he handles a remake could be with a different approach.
So, in summary: If you like the original movie, don’t watch it – you’ll be disappointed. And really, did this remake even need to be made?
Watch the trailer below: