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Possibly the best Northern soul movie ever
on 5 March 2011
In a field of one that's a rather back-handed compliment but it does sum up my feelings quite well.
Firstly, it's a fast and colourful, funny, evocative and atmospheric portrayal of the youthful Northern soul movement. This instantly makes it much better than watching footage of middle-aged ex-Wiganites dancing at revival events on YouTube. Top marks also to Martin Compston and the lovely Felicity Jones for getting those moves down so well.
Secondly, the music is very well chosen - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the soundtrack CD - and I would award more top marks for a pretty authentic recreation the fashions and feel of 1970s Britain.
Unfortunately the lack of a compelling story, coupled with some unfortunate and rather unlikely scenes (such as a 'dance-off' between the two love rivals) somewhat undermines the good work.
The best thing I can say is that, after 80 minutes, you will be smiling and in no doubt whatsoever that the film was made with nothing but genuine affection and good intentions. As a Northern soul fan, that's good enough for me.
N.B. The DVD contains some nice extras for fellow Northern soul fans