Great Balls of Fire! (1989)


“I shine like GOLD when I play… I shine like GOLD!” – Jerry Lee Lewis

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of music sensation Jerry Lee Lewis who’s popularity was on the rise until a controversy derailed it all.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing abut when it came out, yet never had the inclination to see what it was all about.

This film’s story is presented in a very uninteresting way that hurts things too much and it fails to be an enjoyable biopic because of it.

Dennis Quaid is a great actor, yet he portrays this character in a very strange way which make sit quite difficult to care about him or anything that happens to him along the way.

The film presents the music of this great musician really well and we get to hear some of his all time hits, yet something seems missing throughout.

The film focuses very heavily on the controversial marriage of this character but doesn’t make us believe the way that things come about.

Instead of showing us his music and his rise to stardom in the fledgling rock ‘n roll world, we get to see how his personality defined how history would remember him.

The film has a great supporting cast that includes Stephen Tobolowsky, Winona Ryder, Trey Wilson and Alec Baldwin.

Bottom Line – Terrible biopic that just doesn’t work at all. Quaid is a great actor yet doesn’t seem to make us care about this character at all because of the way he is portrayed here. The music is fun to listen to and we get to hear some of Lewis’ greatest its but the story focuses on his controversial marriage which defined the man instead of his rise in the fledgling rock and roll music business at the time. Nice supporting cast that includes Tobolowsky, Ryder, Wilson and Baldwin.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jerry Lee Lewis re-recorded his songs for this film, which Dennis Quaid lip-syncs. At first, Quaid wanted to record his version of the songs over Lewis’ objections, and did. Lewis was surprised at how good he was, and at one point it was proposed that Lewis do half the songs and Quaid half. When Quaid heard the new re-recordings done by Lewis, he changed his mind, and agreed that all the songs should be done by Lewis. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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