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4.0 out of 5 stars "one of few true originals of the English music scene", 26 May 2012
This review is from: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll [DVD] (DVD)
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is the story of Ian Dury, legendary punk and lyricist who, together with his band The Blockheads, created some of the wittiest, most original songs to come out of Britain in recent decades. During his lifetime and to this day, Dury inspired admiration and hilarity, using his childhood experiences (including the polio that disabled him) and acute powers of observation to fashion a unique hybrid of rock 'n'roll and the musical hall. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll follows the brave, irreverent Dury from early adversity to art school maverick, from doting father to unlikely international pop-star.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
whither you like or don't like the music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, you have to admit Dury is a legend, the peoples poet in fact. Even if you're not into the music believe it or not you will still enjoy this film. It shows Ian growing up as a young boy with Polio, to his early days in music with the Kilburns and of course the Blockheads. The soundtrack to the film is obviously the Blockheads with Andy Serkis as Ian on vocals. Serkis pulls off an incredible performance as Ian,it is also career-defining performance from Andy Serkis...his BAFTA nomination was more than well-deserved. He literally inhabits this physically and emotionally demanding role. The film does not sugar-coat the fact the Dury was a hard man to be around. Superbly edited as well, combining graphics, animation, varying film-stocks and angles, B&W, flashbacks, and fantasy sequences as do all of the cast.There's some great Graphics linking the scenes together.also this film is about Dury as father and as a son with the relationship with Dury and his son, Baxter played brilliantly by Bill Milner (Son of Rambow) is the main thread of the movie. Initially reticent, Baxter becomes increasingly influenced by his rebellious father and follows suit. Again, like Dad, in response to the bullying and humiliation he faced at school.also as Dury
as son who loves his father played by Ray Winstone in flashbacks.growing up as a young boy, bullying at school by his class- mates and one particular teacher..this is a faithful film about a difficult person but he was an artist who contributed well to popular culture. and this film is a good tribute to a great artiste
Dury died of metastatic colorectal cancer on 27 March 2000, aged 57. in this film , Dury, if only for a moment, seemed to have become what he could never have been while alive: a national treasure. He escaped that dubious accolade because his persona, like many of his songs, was too rough and ready, too dark and edgy, to be truly subsumed into the nation's collective consciousness.He could be warm and witty... or cruel and obnoxious. But there was never any doubt he was a true artist
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