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2.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story Wasted, 3 April 2006
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This review is from: Stoned [DVD] (DVD)
I have been a fan of Brian Jones' for many years and have always wanted to see a movie made about his life - and his was one of the great disregarded stories of any Sixties pop star. How many of the general public knows it was Brian Jones who founded and named the Rolling Stones? How many of the general public knows Brian Jones was the multitalented instrumentalist in the Stones and who played a key role in their creative sound during the Sixties by playing instruments like the Indian sitar (Paint It Black, Street Fighting Man), recorder (Ruby Tuesday), dulcimer (Lady Jane, I Am Waiting), mellotron (2000 Light Years From Home, We Love You), marimbas (Under My Thumb, Out Of Time), harmonica (Not Fade Away, I Want To Be Loved), and who was one of the first to play slide guitar (I Wanna Be Your Man, Little Red Rooster, I Can't Be Satisfied) in Great Britain - and one of the best slide guitarists as well. His slide guitar playing would have made any American Bluesman envious.

However, the movie does show flashbacks of his life, but unfortunately overlooks many important things like how hard he worked to get the Rolling Stones off the ground in their infancy years 1962-63, by writing countless letters to record companies trying to get their interest in signing the Stones, or writing letters to music papers encouraging journalists to come and see the Stones perform in Blues clubs around London, and to get bookings on British radio shows. It also does not mention that Brian Jones was one of the great fashion icons of the Swinging Sixties. Instead, this movie focuses on his self-indulgent lifestyle of sex and drugs (and there's plenty of it) and very little of what made him famous - the music.

The movies main plot focuses on the last few months of Brian Jones' life which climaxes with his 'murder' (although to this day his death certificate still reads 'misadventure'). The movie Stoned was based on the following three books: Who Killed Christopher Robin: The Truth Behind the Murder of a Rolling Stone by Terry Rawlings, Paint It Black by Geoffrey Guiliano and The Wild and Wicked World of Brian Jones by Anna Wohlin, but yet this movie is nothing like any of those books. It was as if the filmmaker just made up his own story. The movie also leads you to believe that Brian Jones (played by Leo Gregory) and builder Frank Thorogood (Paddy Considine) were good pals. It shows them playing cricket together; sitting by the pool together and Brian giving Thorogood his whole life sob story; and playing and recording music with him in an empty swimming pool. Almost every person who was there at the time said that Brian Jones didn't trust Thorogood and even complained that he was being charged astronomical amounts of money for work that the builder never completed. The film is rubbish.

Don't say you haven't been warned. You would be better off renting it at Blockbuster Video. Buy at your own risk.

Rob Weingartner
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