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5.0 out of 5 stars What a community!, 2 July 2006
This review is from: The Commitments [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
The film shows a grim looking landscape of high-rise flats, dismal areas of waste and squalor, high unemployment and few prospects for young people - but growing out of this unpromising soil, the most vibrant, colourful, fun community imaginable. The sense of neighbourhood, shared experience and follow-feeling alone, could make you wish you were an North Dubliner yourself. And that's even before the music's added to the mix. It shows a community of lively, intelligent, witty kids and young adults who are finding ways to keep themselves entertained and entertain the rest of the town - with the long-term aim of also making a good living and getting famous. It's fun while it lasts. The humour should keep you laughing and grinning between classic soul numbers, where you may feel constrained to adopt a more serious attitude and sing along. The group swing up through the learning curve pretty quickly, starting off out of tune and out of time and ending up belting out the numbers like pros. Just wonderful. I was surprised to learn the boy who plays Deco (Andrew Strong) was only 16 when this film was made. What an incredible voice! (Since then Joss Stone has also shown that young lungs and larynx can produce amazing sounds, but it's still a surprise.) In any case, the whole thing: the story, the music and the acting are just superb. The only faces I recognised were Colm Meaney (playing Jimmy Rabbitte senior) and Sean Hughes (playing Dave of "Eejit Records"), because most of the actors were found by auditioning locals. What a talented bunch of locals! Excellent film - the sort you'll want to watch again and again.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2010 13:49:29 BDT
ginger pixie says:
Thanks you made up my mind for me having owned this for a long time on video wasnt sure if i should bite the bullit and go for dvd once again thanks The irish pixie
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