I've just seen God....He looks like me. He told me I should have signed the Smiths....,
This review is from: 24 Hour Party People - Single Disc Edition  [DVD] (DVD)
The mantra, uttered early on, is that if the truth differs from the legend, print the legend. This gives license, as it was intended to, to the film makers to unashamedly mix fact, fiction, fantasy, lies, half truths, myth and legend. The result, like the scene they are trying to depict, is a freewheeling, out of control headrush of colour, bad decision making, great, inspired decision making,a mishmash, barely able to contain its own weight or conceit, but delivered with a panache, a style, originality, passion and sheer brass neck that means it works.
And boy, does it work. It is hysterically funny for one thing, with Steve Coogan playing Alan....no....sorry....Tony (Anthony) Wilson who narrates to camera with the straightest of straight faces. "That, " he deadpans, "is Howard Devoto, who would later sleep with my wife." This is followed up by the real Howard Devoto, playing a cleaner (are you keeping up?....good) saying "That never actually happened." Yes it is that kind of movie.......
It follows the career of Tony Wilson, a curious mixture of idealist, pseudo intellectual and businessman, through the So It Goes days "Tonight, Alice Cooper plays Newcastle, where he will hang a dwarf on stage. Here's The Sex Pistols...." through to the Madchester scene, the Hacienda, Joy Division, New Order, and all points in between.
Part of the fun is looking to see who the next cameo is from. Dave Gorman, John Thompson, Peter Kaye, Jon Sims, Keith Allen, Mark E Smith, Ralf Little, Andy Serkis, even Simon Pegg all get a look in. More fun is to be had with the impersonation of some of the main characters. Coogan has Wilsons voice off pat at the beginning, but doesn't sustain, and it doesn't matter. My favourite is the guy that plays Shaun Ryder,(Danny Cunningham). he is just brilliant.
The main points of the story are covered, the contract in blood, the suicide of Ian Curtis, the Guns and Drugs nightmare of the Hacienda, Rave Culture, Shaun Ryder and the pigeons, the ill fated trip to Barbados to record a Mondays Album,(which is true, and pure genius because it is.)
It's just one of the best movies of its type ever. It's the only movie of it's type ever.
This is really good. If you really want to know what happens, buy a book. If you want a hoot, watch this.