This biopic of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division was extremely hyped when it came out. However, as is often the case when something is so hyped, it leaves you feeling quite deflated.
It is a good film: it’s shot in black and white, which creates the perfect atmosphere; the soundtrack is fantastic; and there are some great performances, particularly from Sam Riley playing Curtis, who has his voice and on-stage mannerisms down to a tee.
However, how I know Riley does such a good impression of the late singer perhaps illustrates why I wasn’t amazed by this film: I had to find video clips online. Most of those who gave it great reviews were probably listening to music when Joy Division came to prominence, so the film means a lot more for being able to relate to it.
However, treat it as a research project and watch this movie to find out for yourself, and before long you too will find yourself humming “Love Will Tear Us Apart” under your breath.
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