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an utterly fantastic movie!
on 16 May 2016
"It's All Gone Pete Tong" is amongst my all-time favourite films ... so this is not a 'neutral' review. I think it's a brilliant film - with a good story, a fantastic cast (and superb acting), great direction, and amazing music. Everything comes together to form a wonderful whole ... and the standout aspect of this film is its humour. I was smiling, cringing and laughing throughout. It's a bittersweet comedy, highly poignant, and ultimately uplifting.
This is Paul Kaye's best film, and he's perfectly cast as world-renowned club DJ Frankie Wilde - who's into drugs, casual sex, having a good time on the beach, and generally living a hedonistic lifestyle. He lives with his sexy wife and (is it his?) child in a large, comfortable property on the island of Ibiza - and everyone is happy. Unfortunately, Frankie's hearing starts to rapidly deteriorate ... and he seeks solace in a combination of ignorance and cocaine. But, after he becomes totally deaf, he can no longer pretend all is right with the world. His club dumps him, his wife leaves him, his manager abandons him ... Frankie is alone, hoping that his ears will miraculously heal. A year or so later, realising that he's a deaf man, Frankie decides to re-join society. He meets an attractive sign-language teacher (and the two of them start a relationship). And, feeling good about himself, he tries to mix music ... realising that he can "feel" the sound (the vibrations) and, as such, is able to work as a DJ. He records an album, which is highly successful, and suddenly everyone wants to be friends with the infamous deaf DJ! Only Frankie has grown up, and now only wants to settle down with his new lover and live a 'quiet' life.
I cannot recommend this movie too highly. It's a joy to watch. But I do understand that it's not for everyone ... this is a particular brand of humour, and some people just won't like it. But it's worth giving a try. You may end up loving this film!
This is a review of the Blu-ray (imported from the USA). While it's a region 1 disc, it plays on my European Blu-ray player. I also own this film on DVD. The Blu-ray version provides for a much more vibrant and clear image. However, the Blu-ray has no special features - whereas the DVD has lots!