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"Rude Boy" for The Roses,
This review is from: Spike Island [DVD]  (DVD)
Overshadowed by the release within a couple of weeks (at the cinema and months later, blu-ray) of Shane Meadow's Made Of Stone... Maybe the extra publicity was a blessing rather than a curse, though it might have performed better if it had been the only Stone Roses related cinema outing at the time... If the Stone Roses fan in your life doesn't own either, then Made Of Stone is definitely the must-buy. However...
I was just discovering The Stone Roses when they played Spike Island and was probably too young to have gone anyway. I AM old enough to remember the haircuts and the fashion, and this film captures the times brilliantly. This might be a redeeming factor to non-fans of the band old enough to remember though I'm not sure what else there might be, as it such a love story to that whole scene (other than for fans of Shameless to spot the many actors that appear in both). The script is a bit clunky, the acting of the lesser characters a bit wooden and the prolonged scenes of the cast singing along to the Roses a bit cheesy but it's not a bad film by any means. At times this film is funny, engaging and heartwarming (I had a tear in my eye in one scene not related to the music). Rather like Rude Boy or Take It Or Leave It, it's a must see for the older fans of The Stone Roses - one to sit proudly as a companion to Made Of Stone, even if it doesn't leave the shelf anywhere near as much. The best part is the soundtrack. Obvious I know, but I was actually impressed by the incidental music (co-written by Ash's Tim Wheeler) and the way it seamlessly blends in to the classic Stone Roses tracks themselves. So... recommended but not at the expense of Made Of Stone!