Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
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Andy Serkis stars as volatile British new wave icon Ian Dury in this biopic from BAFTA-nominated director Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo). As a young boy, Dury nearly died after being stricken with polio. Though the ravaging disease would leave him permanently disabled, however, it would also instill him with the drive and perseverance to become one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Along with his band Ian Dury & the Blockheads, the unpredictable rocker would become a
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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.
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.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll ticks all the music biopic boxes, but Whitecross wisely ramps things up by looking at Dury's life with the same sort of random, chaotic vision that both blessed and cursed the man himself.
... hides an utterly conventional biopic behind a narrative chopped up into flashbacks, fantasies, animated interludes, music videos and carnivalesque stage shows.
I'm sure there was more to the astounding life of Ian Dury, but this picture doesn't submit the nuances, only the juiciest clichés imaginable.
Wonderful Ian Dury -- England's most endearing punk-era showman -- deserves a biopic worthy of his bouncy, ribald and trenchant songs. The new movie Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll ain't it.
Inhabiting the body and soul of legendary pub rocker Ian Dury, human chameleon Andy Serkis single-handedly muscles this by-the-book biopic into the realm of something very special.
This film is a British celebration of outsiderdom - be it the creative or the crippled - that is never sentimental.
The acting generally is first-class, but what holds the film together is the performance of Andy Serkis. His resemblance to Dury is simply uncanny, both in the appearance, the body language, the growling voice and the singing.
Andy Serkis delivers a spellbinding turn as Dury. Replicating Dury's cheeky chappie onstage persona is admirable enough; more astonishing is Serkis' uncanny incarnation of Dury in person, variously charming, belligerent, foul, pathetic and awesome.
While it feels slapdash rather than properly punk-collage ragged, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is an honest job, and it makes a good case for including Dury's work and personality in any Brit-culture list of Reasons to be Cheerful.
A strong central performance from Andy Serkis as the late British punk rocker Ian Dury powers Mat Whitecross' directorial debut through a fractured 113 minutes.
Anchored by a ripping central performance from Serkis, this biopic about notorious musician Ian Dury is too stylish for its own good. Director Whitecross shows ambition and audacity, but his riotous visual style is distracting.
A sometimes whimsical and magical take on the life of one of Britain's most artistically charged rock stars. Serkis shines in his role as the troubled singer.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is a truly life-affirming and brilliantly unsentimental celebration of the Mockney and his music. Serkis was born to play this role.
Audience Reviews for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
- Ian Dury: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Ian Dury: The moral of this story is, don't go looking for morals to stories, and if you want a message, fuck off down the post office.
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