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"You can't stick to a manifesto," says founding member Jon Langford. "But there's definitely a thread." Passion, good humour and love are wrapped up in there.
Above all, the movie celebrates a band that half-heartedly tried to be rock stars and became people instead, singing people's music with the fervor and affection of companions together as night gathers and closing time nears.
It asserts that clearly the Mekons' revenge has been their continued success, in making music with friends completely on their own terms.
If they symbolize anything, the Mekons represent every musically curious and adventurous group that matures without calcifying, or falling apart.
Not even the buoyant, self-deprecating spirit that spills from the band members can mask the fact that Angio never makes the most fundamental case: why there should be a Mekons movie in the first place.
It's likely to makes fans of any viewers who weren't before.
The band essentially found their voice by playing music - pop music, country music - wrong.
Lean, cheery 95-minute portrait of almost four decades in the lives and careers since the 1977 formation of the vital, genially haunted punk-to-rock band that Lester Bangs called "the most revolutionary group in the history of rock 'n' roll."
Lacking both a compelling narrative and a cast of truly interesting characters, Revenge of the Mekons is a surprisingly charmless exercise in rock 'n' roll hagiography.
A reminder that punk has, throughout its history, been as much a creative force as a destructive one.
Definitely a movie to see for true fans of British music, as it shows another layer of the punk and post-punk music scene that should be appreciated.
What emerges is a portrait of a fully committed band that could never quite make it and of the rock n' roll project as something between a (very serious) hobby and a full-time career.
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