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Tight, fun movie, following a 1973 rock band from the Black Country clubs to the Brighton Grand,
This review is from: Slade in Flame [DVD/CD] (DVD)
A modest but tightly coherent slice of 1973, this is the story of a minor rock band from the gritty Black Country (the sort of "rock-or-die" place that all the best rock bands come from). The music is stomping pub rock that still feels fresh, and "Slade on stage" bits are not allowed to over-balance the film. Location shots abound, and the budget must have been significant. The band were natural actors, following a tight grown-up script that trusts the actors and that never slacks. There's a lot of humour, and it all works. Overall a great slice of nostalgia. Viewers from north of Wolverhampton or south of Hall Green may need subtitles for the uncompromisingly thick Black Country accents, but I had no problem with understanding what was said. There are a few gritty and grubby moments, but the need to get a cinema censor's certificate that would allow Slade's teenybopper fans to see the movie meant that there's nothing too shocking. In terms of rock movies, later indie movies about the early 1970s can now only vainly try to match the half of the totally authentic texture that this one has. See it, but get the Special Collectors Edition for the full Cinemascope (ultra widescreen) version.