Tony Wilson's and "24-Hour Party People's" tossed-off philosophy was that the worst of times, like the best, pass away - never truer than in the fickle music industry. A free-form view of a freefall where artifice and artistry tumbled head over heels.
Steve Coogan makes a likeable enough narrator, and director Michael Winterbottom uses enough cinematic tricks to keep things interesting. Still, for those not in the know, 24 Hour Party People can seem 24 hours long.
The [music] scene plays as a frenetic, ever-changing background for the always engaging and often enraging Wilson, who juggles legends, half-truths, exaggerations and baldfaced lies about the times and his part in them.