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Funny, heartbreaking and very rock-and-roll, this directorial debut of The Road to Guantanamo co-director Mat Whitecross chronicles everything from Dury s troubled childhood and battle with debilitating polio, to the effects of his fame on his relationships and fatherhood.
Also starring Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean, 28 Days Later), Ray Winstone (Beowulf, The Departed, Sexy Beast), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore) and Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Frost/Nixon).
DVD Features: My Tribeca Story with Director Mat Whitecross; An interview with the sex&drugs&rock&roll team; Audio Commentary with Mat Whitecross, Andy Serkis and the sex&drugs&rock&Roll team; Deleted Scenes
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I knew a bit about Ian Dury but not much. I knew the songs of his that managed to garner some air time and I knew he was afflicted with polio as a boy, but that's about the extent of it. Watching this movie was like walking into Ian Dury World. What an unbelievably colorful character. And what a great way to present him in a movie.
I'd seen "Ray" and "I Walk the Line" and I enjoyed them enough, but they look entirely pedestrian compared to this. Here is a movie about a rock star and it contains very little footage of him making, recording or performing music. It's about him. Who he is, how he thinks, his bad sides and good sides. He's bright and imaginative and he's almost always "on." It occurred to me that he wasn't really a musician at all but an artist that expressed himself through music. They make note of the fact that he always needed someone in the band to help him write tunes.
The movie itself is a hoot. It captures the time perfectly. It's goofy and adventurous, with a lot of funny, wild 'sign of the times' nuances in art, fashion and.......music.
The performances are generally good as well. Olivia Williams is gorgeous as ever and turns in a fine performance as Dury's wife. Naomie Harris is good as the girlfriend. But the shining star is Andy Serkis. He steals the show. I liked his portrayal so much I wanted to call him up and have a beer with him.
There is nothing I didn't like about this movie. It's a wild and fresh approach to the genre and could probably be enjoyed by someone who doesn't even know who Ian Dury is. The production values are good.Read more ›
I enjoyed it immensely.
But I'm jumping ahead. Dury is played with mush gusto by Andy Serkis (and yes, I'm one of the nerds who thinks his performance as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" was worthy of an Oscar nomination). Serkis was a nominated for a BAFTA for this larger than life portrayal, and it's easy to see why. The film chronicles Dury's childhood battle with polio and outlines his relationships with his absentee father (Ray Winstone), his put-upon wife (Olivia Williams), and his nubile life partner (Naomie Harris).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think you have to be British to really "get" this biopic.Published 10 months ago by PirateRoberts
This seems like it should have been more interesting. I always wanted to learn more about this dude but this documentary reveals little. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jean Paul
Andy Serkis is absolutely brilliant in this. His portrayal of Ian is amazing. The kid actors were pretty good too. You don't see to many kid actors that good. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Destiny
This is a bio movie that tells Ian Dury's story warts and all. It does not relent for a moment. I appreciate the honesty this film portrays and gives us a good indication of what... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Buyer of CDs/DVDs & BluRays
How to tell the story of a larger than life musical personality? If you're a fan of Ray, Walk the Line, Get On Up you'll see similarities in the narrative--childhood trauma,... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ella Fan