Dir: Kenny Ortega, 2016
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS SHIT?!!!
Lou Adler should hang his head in shame for being part of this…this…travesty!
Thankfully, everybody else had the foresight to steer well clear of what was, blatantly, going to be a dog turd.
Tim Curry ( the original Frank ‘N’ Furter) appears as the narrator, purely for nostalgic reasons.
Sadly, Curry had a severe stroke a couple of years ago and it shows. It’s heartbreaking to see him in a less than perfect state.
After watching this, I had to run to the toilet to shit out what I had just witnessed.
Everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is wrong.
Richard O’Brien’s original was sexy, risque, it celebrated diversity and sexual liberation.
The 2016 version waters all that down with political correctness, censorship and a thirst for ratings. So much has been changed it’s barely recognisable.
Laverne Cox is abysmal as Frank, trying her hardest to impersonate Tim Curry.
It’s the casting of Cox where political correctness first rears its ugly head.
I’m not prejudiced in any way, shape or form. I don’t care whether you’re black, white, gay, straight, Asian or transsexual, male or female. At the end of the day, we’re all human beings and have a right to live our lives the way we want as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody else.
But it’s the character we’re talking about.
Frank ‘N’ Furter was a man. That’s why he sang Sweet Transvestite. He dressed up in women’s clothes.
For this, Frank is now a woman, played by transsexual Laverne Cox. The rest of the characters refer to Furter as her. Now the song doesn’t make any sense.
Frank made Rocky for HIS pleasure. It was a gay relationship.
By making the character a woman, all that has been obliterated ruining what the original stood for.
Magenta and Riff-Raff were brother and sister and had incestuous coitus.
In this, Magenta’s black so obviously isn’t Riff’s sister and there’s no sexual element to it
Why did they make Dr. Scott black? Political correctness. The entire film reeks of box ticking.
American television is so prudish and God fearing that they’ve had to remove the word “mindfuck” and substitute it for “mindgame”. It doesn’t flow and makes the song sound clunky.
Reeve Carney tries to ape O’Brien’s way of playing Riff-Raff but he just comes across as a poor mimic.
The style of the telefilm is woefully misguided.
The Rocky Horror Show was all about B-movies and rock ‘n’ roll music.
For some esoteric reason, Ortega has gone for a glam rock style, all shiny suits and platforms. Riff-Raff ends up looking like an ABBA reject.
The music is painful to listen to; a mere morsel of its origins.
If Fox have got any sense, they will do to this what Lucasfilm has done to the Star Wars Holiday Special.
Honestly, just ignore it. Pretend it never existed.