All essential elements of the Joy Division story are represented here including the classic Granada TV performance. Sam Riley and Samantha Morton are standouts in the lead roles of husband and wife.
There are few films that I have watched twice in a row and this is one of them. I would not improve on this as a depiction of the Joy Division story within a couple of hours. One does not need to be a fan of music or of Joy Division to appreciate this film.
Riley, and an attractive direction and beautiful cinematography makes this biopic a faithful and decent ride for Joy Division's fans.
they are playing, especially Sam Riley who does an excellent job in the acting department as well as looking almost identical to Ian Curtis. The singing done by Riley in the film sounded just like Joy Division live recordings. He even did the dancing that Ian was also famous for.
Also, this led to the rest of the actors playing their respective instruments with great results.
Control's cinematography was beautifully done by Martin Ruhe in a sophisticated British way, resembling the movies made in the late 50's and early 60's during the "British New Wave" movement (or as some might called them "kitchen sink dramas") that mirrored the working class in England at the time in a very realistic manner.
The film starts when young Ian was a 17 years old, living with his parents in England. During this time, young Curtis could be seen dozing off in class and using prescription drugs (which he stole
from neighbors that let him use their bathrooms). In this time period, he met his future wife Debbie Woodruff, mother of his only daughter Natalie Curtis. At the time, Debbie was dating one of his best
friends Nick and fell deeply in love with Ian. From here, the film showcases the rise of his band Joy Division as well as the fall of his marriage, this being ultimately caused by the affair between Curtis and Annik HonorÃ (C) (reporter for a Belgiam fanzine). Notwithstanding, this behavior was believed
to be the precursor of numerous epilepsy attacks that slowly destroyed him and supposedly led him to his suicide just before leaving to America for the bands first North American Tour.
The film presents a sad look at a talented young man that left a bit early.
His band Joy Division has been cited by countless artists and bands as being an enormous influence on them and music as we know it today. After Curtis's death, the band reformed with the name New Order and gained much success. The band changed their name to respect
a promise they made which stated that if one of their members died they would continue the band but with a different name.