Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
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Critic Reviews for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Somehow this well-intentioned film cannot help but turn an uncompromisingly original artist into a formula.
It's an energetic and vivacious film that will appeal to fans of punk rock worldwide and should find its place in the pantheon of great music-film biographies.
Paul Viragh's script is too bitty to hold it all together, and filigrees of technique fail to disguise the weaknesses in helmer Mat Whitecross' first solo flight.
You don't need to be a fan of Dury's music to enjoy 'Sex & Drugs...'. This is just gorgeous, celebratory cinema, unfettered and courageous, if unashamedly scattershot, much like the man himself.
Largely entertaining, but not without fault, much like Drury himself.
Audience Reviews for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Inside this strange little movie is a rather decent one. The editing style is a little out there, but it's mostly filled with a well casted, well done, well acted story. It is a story of a man who survived polio as a child, and became a punk rockstar. Serkis is good giving realistic grit to the self-absorbed leading man. I am a sucker for pics about musicians, and I found this to be an enjoyable one.
Andy Serkis gives a brilliant performance as Ian Dury, a rock star that managed to have a fairly successful career despite having caught Polio as a child and having a wife and two kids. Its his determination that makes the film so compelling as we see gigs, both good and bad, fights, tantrums and the sex, drugs and rock n roll of the title as we see Dury start a new relationshp, make lots of money, have relationships break down as well as trying to keep his family close. Its sometimes touching, fun and funny as well as being intense and dramatic in parts with good performances also from Naomie Harris and Olivia Williams. A great rock n roll drama.
A brilliant performance from Serkis and some interesting directorial flourishes make this an engaging watch, but a bit of a soulless experience. Dury comes off as a bit of a git, which he probably was, but that doesn't make it easy to relate to him and the film. Of course the music is great and it's got a stellar cast but trying to justify Dury's attitude was the consequence of a disturbed childhood is a bit of a cop-out and we've seen that done hundreds of times before on film.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Quotes
|Ian Dury:||It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.|
|Ian Dury:||"And the moral of this story is, don't go looking for morals to stories; if you want a message, fuck off down the post office"|
|Ian Dury:||The moral of this story is, don't go looking for morals to stories, and if you want a message, fuck off down the post office.|