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24 Hour Party People
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- "Manchester: The Movie" featurette
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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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool story. I would recommend to anyone, especially music enthusiasts.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
An odd mix of old film and new. Historic concert footage with current actors. It made me wonder if they used time travel.Published 1 month ago by Marc the Shark
This is a beautiful film. Mr. Coogan really proves himself as more than just a comedic talent. Terrific.Published 2 months ago by Hank
Great film that truly summarizes the music and atmosphere of the era. Joy Division casting is also amazing!!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bloody ❤ that movie because it's all about the Madchester music scenePublished 3 months ago by Raynesha Mcghee-reed
Entertaining film about the Manchester music scene from 1976 to the late 80's? focusing on the real life character Tony Wilson.Published 3 months ago by GT
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