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As fun as it is to watch The Stone Roses rehearse and gig, this is a huge disappointment, especially when compared to a similar recent documentary like Oasis: Supersonic. It all feels a bit disjointed and lazy. It's not a full biopic and not really a snapshot of a particular period either. There's no particular narrative angle and ultimately here's nothing really to be learnt from it. Shane Meadows is a great filmmaker but documentaries clearly aren't his forte.
an artsy well directed fan loving tribute to the legendary Madchester Brit band of 90s fame who were also legendary for record company woes, break ups and disappearing.
Equally legendary Brit filmmakers Shane (This is England) Meadows made this well crafted loving lively doc a few years ago when the Roses surprises fans and journalists with a reunion
If you dont know the Stone Roses nor Shane Meadows you should stop whining about how all things suck and fix that as Meadows had made a bunch of TV mostly and movie stuff, esp around his terrific This is England series, and the Roses are one of the best Brit bands, esp since the English Invasion of the 60s and in spite of the catchiness of a few Oasis tunes and a few one hit Blur type wonders, musically the Roses always struck me as way better, and nicer and more poetic, than that other stuff...Waterfall and Love Spreads are as melodic and beautiful pop tunes now as they were in the 90s
Anyway, as with the likes of Scorsese when he teams up with the likes of the Band and the Stones and George Harrison and Demme wih Talking Heads, this linking artistically of a great filmmaker with terrific musicians leads to good things.
Not a perfect movie, and a bit meandering, it is nonetheless engaging and filled with an array of stock footage from the original era, the reunion and more
Also, i could complain about having a hard time with some of the accents, esp those Manchester boys, but that would be my fault...
There's nothing really compelling in the style or mood of this documentary as this is clearly a busman's holiday feature from Shane Meadows simply for the love of the band. And if you enjoy the Roses music then it's a must see story of their reunion.
Shane Meadows is given access to legendary band The Stone Roses as they prepare to reform for a series of gigs leading up to a triumphant homecoming series of concerts at Manchester's Heaton Park.
Part rockumentary, part concert film, Meadows is clearly the kid in the sweet shop here as he gets to spend time with his favourite band during their unthought of and seemingly impossible reunion.
The behind the scenes bits are fun and Meadows has access to some great historical footage, but it's when the band are jamming together that this film shines. Playing Waterfall in that tiny studio put a massive grin on my face.
A film for fans; partly about fans; made by a fan. Nothing truly insightful, but a fun time.
The director is to much of a fucking fanboy to do the film any justice. Just as the movie gets interesting (Reni storming of stage) he cuts and never mentions the rift again. See the Metallica Doco for a better insight into the inner workings of a big band .
Excellent documentary about The Stone Roses. Whether you love them or not you cannot admire the excellence on show documenting their infamous rise and decline then after splitting up and members not speaking to one another they reform and conquer once again. Simply put not to be missed!
A labour of love from Shane Meadows which really doesn't supply much information as a documentary but does deliver plenty of passion for anyone with even a passing affection for the output of the band
One of the best documentaries I've ever seen.
Masterfully shot and edited. 10/10
I cannot give this less than five stars even though I think that Shane Meadows could have done a better job in bringing across the atmosphere of Heaton Park, the big final scene, which I was present for. This film will cement fandom on viewers who are not already Roses fans and will send shivers down the spine of those of us who have been along for the whole journey. This is a must watch for anyone who appreciates good music. Watch this if you don't already know that the Stone Roses are one of the best bands the world has ever produced.
Lovely bunch of lads