Posted on 8/27/09 06:47 AM
This movie single handedly gave me a new respect for a band and a sound that I had mostly overlooked. Being a huge Doors fan myself, I became interested in Joy Division after hearing about Ian Curtis' infatuation with Jim Morrison. Looking back on their music, I can definetly see how The Doors were an influence.
I had always written Joy Division as a one-hit wonder (This Love Will Tear Us Apart), when in fact, they were pretty revolutionary in their time, ushering in the era of new-wave. Their sound has been referenced and all together mimicked by too many bands to count, most notably and recently Interpol.
The filmmakers did a wonderful job casting this movie, all the actors are spot on in their roles. You really get a sense of the pain that Curtis' carried with him - he was an incredible live performer and poet, his music always felt authentic. His pain was so authentic, in fact, that at the peak of his career, right before he was about to make it big, he ended his own life, leaving his remaining band mates to form the equally influential 'New Order'.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of great music. In all honesty, Joy Division is for me what The Beatles are for other people.