Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
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as Ian Dury
as Baxter Dury
as Bill Dury
as Denise Roudette
as Chaz Jankel
as Davey Payne
as Young Ian
as Sulphate Strangler
as Charlie Charles
as John Turnbull
as Mick Gallagher
as Norman Watt-Roy
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Somehow this well-intentioned film cannot help but turn an uncompromisingly original artist into a formula.
It's an energetic and vivacious film that will appeal to fans of punk rock worldwide and should find its place in the pantheon of great music-film biographies.
Paul Viragh's script is too bitty to hold it all together, and filigrees of technique fail to disguise the weaknesses in helmer Mat Whitecross' first solo flight.
You don't need to be a fan of Dury's music to enjoy 'Sex & Drugs...'. This is just gorgeous, celebratory cinema, unfettered and courageous, if unashamedly scattershot, much like the man himself.
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Inside this strange little movie is a rather decent one. The editing style is a little out there, but it's mostly filled with a well casted, well done, well acted story. It is a story of a man who survived polio as a child, and became a punk rockstar. Serkis is good giving realistic grit to the self-absorbed leading man. I am a sucker for pics about musicians, and I found this to be an enjoyable one.
Andy Serkis IS Ian Dury in this bio-pic of the flawed polio'd punk-poetical genius.
Einstein can't be classed as witless.
He claimed atoms were the littlest.
When you did a bit of splitting-em-ness
Frighten everybody shitless
There ain't half been some clever bastards
(Lucky bleeders, lucky bleeders)
If you've never heard of Ian Dury or his Blockheads, then you won't get much of an idea from the random snippets of music in the film, and if you're not a fan, this possibly won't convert you either. But if you remember him fondly, watching SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK N ROLL is the next best thing to the man himself coming back to gobby feisty life.
Andy Serkis gives a brilliant performance as Ian Dury, a rock star that managed to have a fairly successful career despite having caught Polio as a child and having a wife and two kids. Its his determination that makes the film so compelling as we see gigs, both good and bad, fights, tantrums and the sex, drugs and rock n roll of the title as we see Dury start a new relationshp, make lots of money, have relationships break down as well as trying to keep his family close. Its sometimes touching, fun and funny as well as being intense and dramatic in parts with good performances also from Naomie Harris and Olivia Williams. A great rock n roll drama.
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