Some films attract a huge audience and garner a lot of rave reviews, but there will always be a group of who find fault with one or more aspects of the film and base their reaction on the negatives. On the other hand there are movies that appeal to a very limited audience and generally get sneers and jeers from the more notable critics. Bula Quo would be in the latter category, for sure.
Fans of the legendary rock band Status Quo will go see Bula Quo for the sake of some old hits, and they’ll get their money’s worth. “Down, Down” was the band’s only chart-topping single, and that was in 1975, but they had a lot of succwess in UK charts, and displayed the energy and charisma on stage that kept fans’ enthusiasm going, more or less, for 50 years.
Bula Quo, starring Status Quo members Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi as themselves, has a lot of the charm of past performances, with a few of the hits thrown in. The film’s promoters describe it as having nine potential new hits along with Parfitt and Rossi “. . .like you’ve never seen them before, crashing through windows and fighting for their lives.” They do a lot of that, fighting off sharks of the finned as well as the felonious sort.
As a film with a plot, it’s pretty hopeless, but there’s plenty of action and not a lot in intrigue so it’s easy to follow. Most viewers won’t be too concerned about plot, which is just as well; Bula Quo is meant to be more about fun than fury.
Filmed in Fuji amongst some really nice resorts and other scenery, the story has Parfitt and Rossi crashing an after-performance party, witnessing a murder, grabbing evidence and then dodging bad guys and the press to stay alive. The stars are unfazed by critical reviews; they had a good time, and that’s what film-goers should do too.