Good God, I can’t believe this movie is eleven years old already.
Yesterday I reviewed the trailer for the new — and what looks to be terrible — Tim Buckley biopic. While doing so, I also lambasted basically every other music related biopic ever produced. Well, every one except La Bamba, The Doors and The Buddy Holly Story. But I left one of the best out: 24 Hour Party People. I can’t believe it didn’t immediately come to mind. It’s probably on the top of my list as far as biopics go. Oh well… I’m here now to deliver some restitution.
24 Hour Party People just did it for me. It was great in its simplicity and because it wasn’t glamorized — there was no false pretenses. It simply told the story of Tony Wilson, the burgeoning punk scene and eventually the rave culture in Manchester. The good and the bad, the triumphant and the tragic were all represented. But it also showed the potential, and what inevitably rose from the ashes of both scenes.
I also just read that our recently deceased movie-critic laureate, Roger Ebert, gave it a 4 out of 4. I always liked that man. R.I.P. brother.
Even if these bands or the scene isn’t your thing, it’s still a great watch. Check out the trailer below