Just watched the much-recommended and critically acclaimed biopic about Ian Curtis (lead singer of Joy Division). It’s all in black and white, but that doesn’t really add much to my mind.
The film’s extremely evocative and set in the Manchester of the 1970/80s. The themes are a bit well worn and dated – almost cliched, even – but they do ‘take you back’ in an almost nostaligic way, and they make the film an important document of social history. If I were to be harsh though: it’s all a bit self-indulgent at times, like a moody teenager writing bad poetry about death.
Still, I don’t think it’s meant to be a film to ‘enjoy’ particularly. Certainly, Ian’s life wasn’t one of great joy (and there is always the ironic name of the band), but I just couldn’t quite identify or empathise with the main character. It’s a worthy film but only 7/10 from me. Others will absolutely love it, but the film ’24-hour party people’ is more my taste.