I love this movie. I also love 70s music – James Brown, KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire and Chaka Khan. But I don’t think my appreciation for funk is a prerequisite for appreciating Thunder Soul. Because Thunder Soul is a love story. And who can resist a good love story?
But this is not the traditional boy meets girl and live happily ever after. No. This is about a high school stage band who achieved national acclaim in the 70’s and whose members reunite after 30 years for a concert to pay homage to their band leader.
What unfolds is the story of Conrad “Prof” Johnson and the impact he had on the lives of his students at Kashmere High. You see an educator who instills pride, teamwork, and discipline. He is a musician who is passionate about excellence in the art form. And you see a story of how dedication to an ideal can overcome great odds.
So if you remember the 70’s, go and get your groove on with Thunder Soul. If you don’t remember the 70’s, go be inspired by a group of people whose lives were forever changed by the power of a good teacher.