What is the best part of RED AS BLUE? For me, it’s the music. Music is a big part of this story. 1980s top radio, new wave, and hardcore punk. That’s June’s world, her music and the kids’ music genres show which tribes the teens belong to: and how they wage war with each other through their taste in music. And with this war of music, the film has a quality similar to LORD OF THE FLIES, because the power struggle they have is silent and infantile but works itself out politically through how they express their individuality and raison d’être, and in this case: through music.
So I am always hearing music in my head. Sometimes I’d hear a song in a restaurant, in a mall, or some random place and it just transports me into the story. I spend a great deal of time daydreaming when I listen to music: because through the songs, the characters, the scenes, their movements, words and actions unfold. I can see the entire prom scene when I listen to certain music. I can see how each character feels—especially June, who is so tied to music as her only outlet to creativity and self-expression. And the music clashes when she and Beverly meet. When they share the same music: this means they have fallen in love.
And did you know? Of all the universal languages in the world there is only two?
The first is love, and the second is music.