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Overhyped, overrated. Control is basically an elongated monochrome episode of Emmerdale farm.
While it will probably be considered heresy: I don't think the film's much cop. The narrative arc is flat. The characters aren't fully drawn. It is very slow.
Perhaps the worst thing the film does is to portray Ian Curtis's life as some kind of East European high-rise bleakness, which, of course it wasn't. Ian Curtis was from the Barratt house class, ie what the class-obsessed would term 'lower-middle'.
Also there is precious little of Curtis's dog Candy in the film.
Compare this film to Jim Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father". Sheridan's film… Read more