24 Hour Party People Reviews
The film is a biopic of "Tony Wilson", godfather of the late '70s-'80s Manchester music scene. It is a valuable memorial to his great management vanguard in discovering and nurturing the Joy Division/New Order, the Happy Mondays, Factory Records record label and the Hacienda club. It also highlights his lack of administrative discipline, by pissing all this success away. This is a must-see for anyone desiring a career in the fickle music industry, and why standard business acumen is a must if one is to earn a living from such endeavours.
Fans of this film will enjoy the more serious Ian Curtis biopic, "Control", about the rise and fall of the band, Joy Division.
While his performance is good and the direction from Winterbottom is very solid throughout, I have to heavily criticize the screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce, because even though you can understand exactly what is going happen, there is absolutely no need to be as much bad language in the script as there was, because it can very offensive at times, at least on 6 occasions.
However despite this, it's one very good account of Wilson and you will hopefully learn something here. Despite that I knew what was going on, this is one film that I will not be viewing again.
The story of the emergence of Manchester as a major musical centre in the late-1970s and 80s. The story is told through the eyes of Tony Wilson (played by Steve Coogan), Grenada TV presenter/journalist, owner of The Hacienda, a famed Manchester club, and founder of Factory Records. We see the where it all started - the Sex Pistols first gig in Manchester and the emergence of bands like the Buzzcocks and, most importantly, Joy Division. We see how New Order formed from Joy Division and later we meet the Happy Mondays...
Wonderfully entertaining yet edifying. It helps if you're into bands like Joy Division and the Happy Mondays, as I am. Even if you're not, it is worth watching to gain a better knowledge of musical history and the importance of what took place in Manchester in the 80s.
This movie could easily have degenerated into a dry, linear history lesson. However, director Michael Winterbottom keeps the audience engaging and entertained through many innovative methods: breaking the fourth wall, humour, Wilson's narration and some interesting visual effects.
As you would expect, there is a lot of music in the movie, and it is all great. Well chosen and timed too, as the music gives the movie its momentum.
Solid performance by Steve Coogan in the lead role. While mostly a dramatic role, there are quite a few comedic moments, and Coogan is in his element there. Good supporting cast too.