Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Reviews

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November 5, 2020
An at times exciting, restless and absorbing film. [Full review in Spanish]
January 24, 2018
... effectively paints a three dimensional portrait of Strummer, unafraid to confront his philosophical contradictions, though neither dwelling on his flaws, and showing how by finding his humanity, he ultimately lived up to the ideals he espoused.
November 16, 2011
November 16, 2011
April 4, 2011
October 18, 2009
Lively doc on the late Brit punk rocker guitarist for the Clash.
October 22, 2008
This offers Strummer fans unlimited access to the man behind the legend. Though it really is for fans - who should run and buy it.
June 20, 2008
Julien Temple's film is an energizing work of art, a visually striking and inspiring look at a band that never 'sold out' and the leader who saw to it that they didn't.
February 3, 2008
The big unanswerable question is: Do we wish Strummer would have listened to David Lee Roth's advice that "You don't have to take life so seriously, honey"?
February 1, 2008
Miracle of miracles, a valuable portrait of Strummer manages to emerge from the chaos, helped by the film's one consistent thread: tapes of a BBC World Service radio show he hosted in his final years.
February 1, 2008
[Director Julien Temple] stops short of hagiography, while exhaustively positing Strummer as one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century.
February 1, 2008
Temple, who chronicled the Sex Pistols...offers the full, sometimes bloated, context of Strummer's life through the testimony of his many friends and collaborators.
January 18, 2008
Temple gets at the heart of Strummer's character, at the unbridled joy that existed within his righteous anger, the satisfaction of knowing he was on the right side of history and hadn't had to sell any part of himself to get there.
January 9, 2008
The film is the work of an admirer, but not an uncritical one.
January 9, 2008
Temple's film is a fittingly conscientious and absorbing tribute to his complex, contradictory personality.
January 4, 2008
A beautiful, evocative collage composed of concert footage, photographs, interviews and film clips, as well as interviews with people who knew him, the film is a rigorously thorough biography and an impassioned accolade.
January 4, 2008
Temple has plenty of cinematic tricks and willing interview subjects.
January 4, 2008
Compelling viewing, even for people who don't care a bit for the punk scene.
January 4, 2008
One of the most compelling documentary portraits of a musician yet made.
December 14, 2007
Future is overlong and will best be enjoyed and understood by fans, but even newcomers will appreciate the essential drive of the man, who died of a sudden heart attack in 2002, and admire his ability to balance anger and ecstasy.
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