Some films are just crying to be made into videogames, and not just new films, old ones. Look at Star Wars, even before the film franchise was expanded, there were incredibly successful – and some very good – videogames made based on it. Other films, however, don't seem to be quite as obvious choices to be videogame-ified. Case in point, Grease. Although the movie shows significant staying power – it was just rereleased to theaters as a sing-along this past summer – it doesn't feel like a natural fit for home consoles.
The good folks over at 505 Games, however, would beg to differ. Not only, apparently, did they feel as though Grease could be made into a videogame, they went ahead and did it. Now, owners of the Nintendo Wii (and DS) can rock out to Danny and Sandy at home (and not just on DVD or Blu-ray or one of the myriad of times its shown on basic cable).
So, you can play Grease at home, but should you?
That depends. Are you a massive fan of the film who wants nothing more than to relive the songs over and over again in a multitude of forms? If you are, then unquestionably you're going to love this, no need to read further. Are you someone who hates the film, wants absolutely nothing to do with it, any of the characters from it, and walks away just because someone says to you "tell me more?" If you answered yes to that, then no, you're not going to like the game, you have no need to read further either. On the third hand, are you someone who could go either way with the film? Do you like it but still find yourself wary of other products with the name attached, thinking that said ancillary products may not live up to the film? You ought to read on.
People who follow videogames will tell you that there is a general sentiment that games made from movies are, almost without exception, disappointing. This videogame version of Grease will do little to convince those folks that they are wrong. Balance board, microphone, and Wii remote playable it may be, but it simply isn't a lot of fun.