Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Reviews

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November 16, 2011
November 16, 2011
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
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 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.
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.
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
The Future Is Written is a loving testimonial to one of rock's true originals.
November 9, 2007
Julian Temple has done cinematic justice to the punk humanist born John Graham Mellor.
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
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.
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