Posted on 3/08/05 06:52 AM
I thought this movie recieved a lot of bad press. The best rock and roll film ever, certainly not but definitely not the worst i have ever seen. Really its not a movie about rock and roll but about a struggling band and their difficulties with life, and thats what comes through on film. By the end of the movie you know all the characters better than you would in most rock and roll movies (i direct your attention to the absolutely terrible "rock star" with marky mark) and you truly come to an understanding about their issues.
That being said i think i can focus on what i found to be best about the movie, the comedy. This was so much funnier than any aussie "comedy" that i have seen in years (see the collected works of Yahoo Serious for information on bad aussie comedy). From stitch removers in the buttocks to hairy, washed up rockers in man-kinis, i laughed the whole way through the film. It wasnt just physical comedy though, there were a lot of visual gags as well. When the lead singer gets a stitch remover pulled from his arse by his ex girlfriend a huge expletive literally flies across the Australian sky, trailing exclamation points. When the band needs to come up with the money to make a demo tape, their different ideas to make money end hilarilously. If you think the night club part is good, wait for the rolling koala fight in the street. Also the sequences entitled "fun with drugs" are worth a look (i always thought the sydney opera house was funny looking but wow)
Unfortunately you cant escape the sappy love story in the background, as well as the friend against friend over a girl controversy that inevitably rips the band apart. I dont have a problem with love stories, but this one was wholly unoriginal. The only exciting or interesting thing about it was the introduction of a melon in diapers named simply "melly". Theres also a cheating on the girl story that follows the movie till the last few scenes that ends rather interestingly. Itl put a whole new perspective on "a mind f***k".
And of course you have the rock and roll. by simple but clever twists of narrative and staging you never actually hear or see the band play until the near end. When they do you'll understand why but you wont be disapointed by it, because this movie wasnt about the band's music, it was about the band.
Well, thats probably everything i have to say on this movie. i would have given this a 9 out of ten detracting the insipid love story, but even the dialogue lags in some places, wanting to be clever but falling just short. however i think this is a strong enough comedy to be seen on that level so ill give it a 8.