SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL Review
I was very fortunate to have an advance screening of SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL. This film is the directorial debut of Mat Whitecross and I was blown away from the opening sequence. During my initial screening, I noticed similarities between
its style and the style of other films, Baz Luhrmann was my initial thought, based on the out of the ordinary, outside the box cinematography.
But I hesitate to compare this film to anything. It’s amazing and stands in a class of its own. Now, I am a lover and a supporter of all indie films, and have seen my share of those that should not have been made from the start.
The film is a biography of Ian Dury, the lead singer and founder of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, a punk rock group out of the UK. His life was not an easy one; he contracted polio at the age of 7, but despite all the hardship, he was able to overcome his disease and rise to fame.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll needs immediate mainstream release.
That being said, I’m undecided how mainstream audiences would react to the unapologetic story, and the raw, punk rock quality to the picture. I feel that it might offend the seemingly fragile minds of modern day movie goers; or I might not be giving the general public enough credit. I could also sound like an elitist snob, but there you have it.
Andy Serkis absolutely blew my mind as Ian Dury. From the moment he stepped into the camera frame, to the end of the film, I was transfixed by his performance. I’m only familiar with Serkis’ work in The Lord of the Rings and honestly thought that I would have a hard time seeing Serkis in a live action role (Sorry for doubting you, Andy!!), but after about 3 seconds I was hooked.
I’m not a fan of writing reviews where everything is positive, I’m a believer that there is always SOMETHING to be improved
upon in a film (again, that’s the film snob in me coming out!), but honestly? I feel that Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll was perfectly suited for my film taste to the point where I find it perfect.
If you’re even a slight fan of punk rock, or indie films – this is a must see, and one that I will watch again.
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