I was an awkard and ugly girl in the early 80s with inept social skills, sitting in my classroom hearing girls talk about Xanadu. I had no idea what they were talking about but it didn't take too long to discover Olivia Newton-John and rollerskates. After hearing her music and seeing the movie, I had to become a really a good skater, making routines with my neighborhood girlfriends. I even became more concientious about doing my hair the right way. I needed to have that braid in my hair! I wasn't even blond. Seeing Olivia's beauty and hearing her sing really inspired me to become confident. I learned how to skate and sing. Moreover, I bought a bunch of Olivia's other albums. I was even more fascinated. She really inspired me at ten years old. I wanted to become Olivia. She was my friend and saved me from feeling like a loser. In truth, I had one friend in class, the other unpopular one. When you have low self esteem because you are bullied or scarletted as the ugly one, movies like Xanadu, can seriously do wonders for you. Why can't life be rollerskates singing, fashion, and fun?
I recently saw Xanadu again and finally understood the whole point of the movie regarding muses and following your dreams. I know it wasn't a blockbuster hit but at ten years old, you don't really understand complexities, just good, upbeat music, having fun and a beautiful idol. The irony is the movie inspires me more now. Its great that theaters are having live performances too. It's funny to see how the past comes back to haunt you... this was a good thing. Thank you Olivia for helping me find Xanadu.