Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Reviews

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December 14, 2007
The story illustrates how easily political art can be hijacked by the other side, and it illuminates the anguish of a man who spent the last 20 years of his life wrestling with his legacy.
December 14, 2007
'Should you stay or should you go' really is the ultimate question.
December 7, 2007
By the end of Temple's rather long film, that is the person who emerges: a man no longer interested in changing the universe song by song but devoted to enriching his own corner of the world.
November 21, 2007
Indulgent celebrity interviews..., repetitive details from Strummer's friends, and rapid-fire editing of found footage that sometimes matches the music but often just clouds the narrative.
November 20, 2007
Those who loved the Clash or Strummer will be enthralled throughout.
November 17, 2007
The end result is a documentary that feels very insider and exclusive... it's probably best suited to those who are already fans.
November 9, 2007
A remarkably well-detailed doc that proves 'Rock The Casbah' is not just that song from the cell phone commercials.
November 9, 2007
Temple's film offers a rich, detailed portrait of a commanding but idealistic Strummer against the backdrop of the do-it-yourself punk ethos of the late '70s.
November 9, 2007
Julien Temple has assembled a complex portrait of a human being and the times in which he lived.
November 9, 2007
The Future Is Written is a loving testimonial to one of rock's true originals.
November 9, 2007
The Future Is Unwritten does an ample job of capturing the many facets of Strummer, who was simultaneously self-effacing and and heroic, devoted and calculating, sensitive and brazen.
November 9, 2007
Julian Temple has done cinematic justice to the punk humanist born John Graham Mellor.
November 9, 2007
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten is that rarest of movie biographies: a warts-and-all exploration of the life and times of its subject.
November 9, 2007
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten is a film for fans -- really big fans. More-casual admirers, perhaps those whose only Strummer CD is the Clash's "London Calling," should probably stay away.
November 9, 2007
Suffused with clear-eyed affection for its subject and times, this is not your little brother's punk documentary.
November 8, 2007
It's a great story arc, and this alone makes the movie worth seeing, but Temple's filmmaking may frustrate more than it enlightens.
November 8, 2007
The singer's life is compressed into a two-hour montage of interviews, vintage video snippets and artsy filigree in Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.
November 8, 2007
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten is one artist's moving tribute to another: director Julien Temple's poetic evocation of the life of punk's greatest troubadour.
November 4, 2007
Leaves behind a surprising afterglow and allows you to appreciate Joe Strummer's warmth.
November 2, 2007
Little sense of the band's import or power is ever communicated. Instead, Temple devotes the entire second hour of the film to Strummer's uninteresting post-Clash career.
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