4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A little disappointed but entertaining nonetheless,
This review is from: Twenty Four Hour Party People [DVD]  (DVD)
As a Mancunian who was in mid-teens when Factory started and a fan of Joy Division at the time (and still am), I was a little sceptical of the film beforehand.
It seemed to gloss over Ian Curtis' death very quickly but I suppose the film is more about Factory's legacy than just Joy Division's. Personnaly I believe this event was the most significant in the time frame of the film but there was a lot to cover so I'm not complaining too much.
I'd heard a lot of comments about Steve Coogan's portrail of Tony Wilson and the apparent similarity with his Alan Partridge character. As someone who was dragged up watching Granada Reports and Tony Wilson's often eccentric reporting performances, I thought Steve's effort was fantastic. There were many moments in the film where I thought he had got T.W.'s character/mannerisms absolutely right.
Unfortunately, the drugs-rave-Happy Monday's scene passed me by at the time so that half of the film was not quite as relevant to me, but I remember very well the shooting incidents and controversy at the time. I was surprised that the Stone Roses barely rated a mention.
Overall I thought the film was a good effort, very funny in parts and the reminder of Ian's death had me wiping tears away.