Sunday, 17 January 2010

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll....

....Tonight I watched the Ian Dury film biopic, directed by Mat Whitecross, with Andy Serkis playing the front man.

Ian Dury & The Blockheads in their pomp.

The film opens in a mix of styles - cut & paste graphic imagery, black & white, colour - all seemingly representative of the hedonistic lifestyle it was about to portray. But strangely, aside from brief moments, this quality is lost as the film goes about tracking Dury's rise, then decline on the UK pop scene. It also closely follows the relationship he has with his son, Baxter.

Serkis makes this film special. He is uncanny in his portrayal of Dury - reminding us of his brilliance as an entertainer, but also of his shortcomings as a father and lover. It is, as a result, an entertaining, enjoyable film and often visually rewarding, but somehow not quite as brilliant as I was hoping. Still good enough to go and see - more so if you are a fan of the music already.

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