HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Caniba
Bedroom, The
Dark Tower, The
Better Watch Out
Beguiled, The
Year of the Comet
Levelling, The
Dog Days
Annabelle Creation
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
Sssssss
Woman in Question, The
Atomic Blonde
Doulos, Le
Okja
Bob le Flambeur
Wedding in White
Léon Morin, Priest
Napping Princess, The
Scorpions and Miniskirts
Berlin File, The
Beaches of Agnès, The
Blue Jeans
Garokawa - Restore the World
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Gleaners & I, The
Peter of Placid Forest
Golden Bird, The
War for the Planet of the Apes
One Sings, the Other Doesn't
   
 
Newest Articles
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
The Melville Mood: His Final Two Films on The Melville Collection Blu-ray
Always Agnès: 3 from The Varda Collection Blu-ray
Re: Possession of Vehicles - Killer Cars, Trucks and a Vampire Motorcycle
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
Witching Hour: Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray
Two Sides of Sellers: The Party vs The Optimists
Norse Code: The Vikings vs The Long Ships
Over the Moon - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 2
   
 
  Youngblood Skating On Thin IceBuy this film here.
Year: 1986
Director: Peter Markle
Stars: Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, Patrick Swayze, Ed Lauter, Jim Youngs, Eric Nesterenko, George J. Finn, Fionnula Flanagan, Ken James, Peter Faussett, Walker Boone, Keanu Reeves, Martin Donlevy, Harry Speigel, Rob Sapienza, Bruce Edwards
Genre: Drama, Action, Romance
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Dean Youngblood (Rob Lowe) wants one thing in life: to be a professional ice hockey player, and he thinks he has the skills to achieve that aim. He works with his brother on his father’s farm, and when he tells them he wishes to leave, he is met with opposition for there is a lot to do there that three people could do better than two, yet his brother persuades his father that Dean should be given a chance, since more likely than not he will be back on the farm in a matter of a couple of weeks with his tail between his legs. Dean isn’t so sure, but he is happy to be heading off to the Junior League Hamilton Mustangs who desperately need a talented player – could he fit the bill and prove himself capable?

The best ice hockey movie had arguably been made when Paul Newman starred in the raucous comedy Slap Shot about ten years before this was released, or that was the general consensus until Seann William Scott led Goon to be one of the best depictions of the sport since the nineteen-seventies, if not the best hands down. Those two emphasised the comedy elements to great effect, yet in Youngblood we were supposed to take the whole thing deadly seriously, and any humour came from the players’ boorish behaviour more often than not, which in truth wasn’t too hilarious unless the overbearing sight of Patrick Swayze leading his teammates to shave Rob Lowe’s pubic hair was your idea of fun.

But what would an eighties action flick be without a degree of homoeroticism? All that male bonding was par for the course, and Lowe and Swayze’s characters finally saw eye to eye in a heart to heart later on which spoke to the great affection that had built between them. However, before you start thinking we had a Tom Cruise in Top Gun situation brewing where the whole thing looks incredibly homosexual to modern views, Lowe did at least convince in the scenes where he took to romancing the coach’s daughter, Jessie (Cynthia Gibb), which this being the eighties featured nudity for them both in a way that twenty-first century movies shied away from, thus making it a favourite on home video way back when.

Not that it was a particularly big hit otherwise, it just looked too earnest and humourless, not to mention the plot that would have been a major shock to see Dean’s team do anything but win the championship against the odds, which in a film like this were stacked against anyone who didn’t have Lowe and Swayze on their side. And who was this as their French Canadian goalie? Why, it was Keanu Reeves labouring under an ill-advised accent which thankfully he only had a handful of lines to deliver with. Reeves was cast because he had actual ice hockey experience, in goal as well, whereas the other actors did not aside from the genuine players stunt cast to fill out the ranks for further authenticity and to butter up the potential audience who would be more interested in seeing this.

Which led us to the main issue, which was Rob Lowe, who was no skater and didn’t especially convince us he was in what scenes we saw of him taking to the ice. He was fine in the lovey-dovey bits with Gibb, they made a nice couple, and when his landlady Fionnula Flanagan takes rather a liberty with him by bedding the young man within minutes of him arriving at the boarding house, after a nice cup of tea that was, it was a memorable aspect in a film really needing them. Otherwise, Dean’s rivalry with the big bad team (who dress all in black, just to make their evil clear) was less believable in that he had to battle their biggest baddest player Racki (George J. Finn) after Swayze is beaten up by him on the ice; you could accept the Swayze being a match for him, but no matter that Dean has to train back at the farm after a crisis of confidence which almost kills the story stone dead, we find it difficult to swallow that merely being taught to pull a jumper over his opponent’s head would be sufficient to best a bruiser like Racki. But it was Hollywood, and Youngblood was as much a fantasy as any of it. Music by William Orbit.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 433 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
Keith Rockmael
Paul Shrimpton
Ian Phillips
Jensen Breck
   

 

Last Updated: