Good Vibrations (2012)
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Directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn team to tell the true story of Terri Hooley, the rebellious Belfast music lover who launched his own record label, dubbed "Good Vibrations," in the 1970s, and quickly emerged as a key figure in the Irish capitol's thriving underground punk scene. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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A love song to both the power of both music and determined political resistance.
The film does most things by the book but it's still an interesting biopic about a person that you probably won't be familiar with.
The team behind Good Vibrations have made a film that is determined to live up to its title, and does so.
Chock full of vigour, great punk tunes and larrikin wit, this feel-good film tells the story of Terri Hooley, a man who brings music to a battered 1970s Belfast.
An extraordinary labour of love about an even more extraordinary labour of love.
The gleaming, beaming centrepiece of this boisterous period piece is [Richard] Dormer's magnetic performance. Continually risking himself and his tiny store, he channels the passion and defiance embedded in the music he loves.
If the recent Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith was too sugar-sweet for your liking, this relatively ragged affair will do the trick just nicely.
In the charming if somewhat predictable Good Vibrations, popular culture proves able to match the firepower of divisive politics.
There are many flourishes in this film, from visual playfulness to devices that rapidly move us through story elements, to touches of magic realism
Set on a backdrop of 70s Belfast replete with bombs and conflict, passion for life is the central theme for this offbeat and up-beat film in which punk and new wave music unites the un-uniteable
The undercurrent mixture of aggression and delirium is helped by the fact that Terri Hooley's bearded visage at times mixes the psycho side of some of Robert De Niro's characters with comical Robin Williams.
It's the background of the Troubles that gives this rousing biopic its edge.
Richard Dormer is immensely likable as Hooley, and Karl Johnson brings a dour conviction to his father, an elderly disillusioned communist who finds spiritual victory in electoral defeat.
Never mind the mouthpieces: this one goes out to all the folks who know the true meaning of 'no surrender'. Go early. Go often. Bring the family.
The story of Belfast's "godfather of punk" is told with plenty of groovy style to match the 1970s setting, mixing the music with colourful locations and lively characters.
The film, studded with archive footage of an awful time, is cheerful and observant even if it goes on a bit too long.
Any film that can bring tears to your eyes by playing a minor hit from 1978 - Teenage Kicks climbed only as far as number 31 in the UK singles chart - is all right with me.
An engaging bit of myth-making, if a little undisciplined like its protagonist.
For much of the time, Hooley's tale is, while enjoyably ramshackle, a familiar one of skanky pubs, transit vans, snooty major label executives and poorly attended gigs.
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