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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Stark, Beautiful, A Classic....., 16 Oct 2007
This review is from: Control [DVD] (DVD)
I've now seen this story played out 3 times, twice at the cinema in the last 2 days and once as a 15 year old Northern lad. In the true spirit of the "Kitchen Sink" genre, it begins like a modern day "A kind of loving" and has a touch of " Room at the top" (the wedding car scene). Sam Riley is outstanding, portraying Curtis in a way that does not show him as the icon he became posthumously but as a somewhat immature 20+ year old man. This of course is countered by a soundtrack that reminds us of his musical genius played by the actors in a very authentic "Garagey way". A portrait of a man torn between his old and new life complicated by the onset of an illness he was struggling to come to terms with.

If that wasn't enough the photography is glorious, every other shot could be hung on the wall, it never looked so good when I was a lad! I understand that Corbijn was trying to shoot the film like a sequence of music videos and with his massive experience as a still photographer it all works beautifully. He sank a large amount of his own money into this project, and you can tell that making it was important to him as a fan and aquaintance of the band You can see his passion and committment to the film throughout. The sequence in the kitchen towards the end of the film was electric, an incredibly haunting dramatic shot. This Film demands the biggest screen that you can find.

I read a review that said you don't watch this film you live it, the first time I saw Control I was angry at the futility of it all, the second I wept tears for lost youth, his and mine. My advice ? Get yourself a really big telly and a really big box of tissues and enjoy what must be considered the best music film of all time. There's no getting away from the end, like Ian's all too short life it comes too soon in this film and there ain't gonna be a sequel, but buy the DVD and enjoy watching it over and over again. A Classic........
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Initial post: 21 Dec 2007 12:50:03 GMT
Bob Barker says:
Fantastic reveiw, your comment on lost youth filled me with tears at my own. I can't wait to own the film, which will hopefully chronicle my own past of those black and white journeys by train from Bradford to Manchester to the awe inspiring creativity of the city that is Manchester.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2008 15:10:24 GMT
R. Deighton says:
Thanks Bob for your very kind words, its the first review I ever felt compelled to write, and its really nice to get some feedback like yours. Enjoy the Film it is truly fantastic,

sincerely
Richard

Posted on 7 Mar 2008 02:21:13 GMT
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Posted on 31 Aug 2014 14:54:07 BDT
Excellent review - I could not have said any better. I love this movie, not just as a Joy Division fan, but as a movie fan. I just hope they bring out a version with more extras. Thank you.
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