24 Hour Party People
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Two big thumbs up.
P.S. I don't know why they used the cover that they did for the DVD. It really has nothing to do with the film.
However, the recreation of the Hacienda itself is simply stunning - its visual accuracy is utterly flawless. When I was watching for the first time I had to check on the DVD cover to see if it was really filmed in 2002, because I couldn't believe it wasn't the real thing. I for one am pleased that the film didn't accurately reflect the last couple of years at the Hac, when gang infiltration made the place seedy and at times frightening. I prefer to remember it in the way it is depicted in the penultimate scene of the movie, the fictional `last night at the Hacienda'. For anyone who spent nights and early mornings on that dancefloor, this scene makes this a must-own DVD. It will bring back happy memories and a strange feeling in the pit of your stomach of yearning for something that you once had that you know you'll never quite get back. It's not real, but in a way it's better than real.
"24HPP" is based on the real life of Tony Wilson a Granada television personality (he hosted Britain's "Wheel of Fortune") who also had a real talent for scouting, producing shows for and recording new and talented bands like New Order, Joy Division and the Sex Pistols in Manchester, England circa 1971-1994. He was also a club owner who had a lot to do with the invention of the current DJ/Rave scene.
What makes this film so enjoyable is the tact that Winterbottom has adopted to tell Wilson's story: Wilson emcees his life both personal and professional in as droll and dry-witted, British middle class/bangers and mash way as possible. It's a hoot.
Along the way we are introduced to a myriad of 80's bands and their music mostly through actual live footage of the bands themselves. But it is Wilson himself as portrayed by Steve Coogan who is the revelation here. He's smart about music and his career but dumb about the realities of the music business. He's very much in love with his wife but doesn't hesitate to take advantage of the favors of music groupies. He wears suits, dress shirts and overcoats to meetings with his rowdy bands, who wear jeans,torn tee-shirts and make-up and sport scowls of miss-apprehension and distrust until Wilson speaks of his love of their music.
"24 Hour Party People" transcends it's 80's roots and becomes universal through the sheer joy, passion and love that Wilson and Winterbottom obviously feel for this music and it's milieu that has as much conviction and reverence for it's subject than do "Amadeus" or "Jail House Rock."
I was laughing from the very beginning, with the movie's re-enactment of the infamous Sex Pistols gig in Manchester. Long have I heard tales of this show and it was treat to see it in the film.
There is plenty of great acting in this movie--particular from Steve Coogan as an arrogant Tony Wilson. Plus, I enjoyed the performances of the actors playing Ian Curtis, Martin Hannett and Rob Gretton, respectively.
It might have been fun to see and hear more of New Order in the moveie, but there are plenty of stories to be told concerning the Manchester, England music scene and the folks who made the film probably had enough difficulty fitting in as much as they did.
Do be sure to check out the commentary track by the real Tony Wilson. It's a real kick, and very insightful.
Lest I forget to mention, there is some FANTASTIC music in this movie.
Keep in mind this movie isn't for the little kids!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Entertaining for any devotee of Manc music from the 1970s til now. Keep in mind that it would be very helpful, if not necessary, to have knowledge of the music, the people who made... Read morePublished 13 days ago by M.M.
I enjoyed the movie but it did have some sloppiness to the story arc. Maybe it was intentional. I'm not certain. Read morePublished 8 months ago by B. Funke
Amazing historical and great directing here I love this and if you love joy division you will go crazy for this. Brand new condition as well!Published 9 months ago by gina votruba
This movie has the ability to inspire me in different ways each time I watch it. It evolves as I get older, even though that's not possible if taken literally. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gabe Lucero
Great movie. As a Yank we missed out on the sub-culture of Madchester. Would have liked if they spoke more about other Bands like The Smiths and the eventual rise of the Stone... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brendan
Makes me so glad to have been raised in this era - before the music died. And to be from the north! A great document of a time now past but which enriched all of us.Published 13 months ago by Nina Bhadreshwar
It's the story of Manchester, England waking up and deciding not to default to London any more in music and the arts. Read morePublished 16 months ago by John Wohlert
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