It’s no secret by this point that Prince, the multiple-award-winning musician, is a little eccentric. As a man of his talents, though, Prince has earned the right to be a little weird – and the world is better off for it. It would take a man as eccentric (and crazy talented) as Prince to bring the world a movie as consistently entertaining as PURPLE RAIN.
The 1984 film debut of Prince, PURPLE RAIN is a calculated showcase for Prince’s particular shade of eccentricity. The story of a tortured musical genius who spends his days listening to his parents fight (it sounds just like a dove crying) and driving around on his Hondamatic Honda CB400A motorcycle. His nights, though, are spent passive aggressively rocking out with his band The Revolution at the legendary First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis. The film features a wealth of extended (and hugely incredible) concert scenes but this isn’t a concert film. PURPLE RAIN the story of Prince learning to stop being such an ass and be nice to those around him. Whether or not Prince learns that lesson by the end of the movie is up to debate. What isn’t up to debate is the fact that Morris Day (of The Time) absolutely steals the show as a conniving rival to Prince. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Morris and his best buddy Jerome Benton perform a “Who’s on First”-esque comedy routine.
PURPLE RAIN would be the only movie Prince acted in that he did not also direct. As such, it’s actually kind of coherent and beautiful in its dreamlike aesthetic. The movie is the perfect capsule of everything that made Prince such a furry little badass in the ‘80s and, to celebrate, we’re screening PURPLE RAIN as a Music Monday event on Monday, January 7.
Tickets for this one-night-only screening are $5. So pull your favorite puffy shirt out of the closet, oil up your chest and get ready to grind along to “Darling Nikki” at this Music Monday screening. We’ll have an air guitar riff-off contest before the film so show up early!