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One Reader Flips Out For Anton Corbijn’s CONTROL!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I’m seeing this soon, and I am giddy at the prospect. It sounds excellent, and I’m a big Joy Division/New Order fan anyway from the old days. A review like this only makes the wait more agonizing for me:

Harry Just got in from a packed preview screening of the new Ian Curtis biopic Control in Manchester, England. I went to this film with a musician friend rather than the wife thinking this would concentrate on the music of Joy Division. However the focus on the film is on the strained relationship between Ian and Deborah Curtis which, combined with the direction of Anton Corbijn, powerful acting and accompanying music, left me wishing I'd brought her along. The film begins during Curtis's Bowie idolising teenage years, and onto the formation of punk band Warsaw, later to be known as Joy Division, culminating in the harrowing portrayal of the tolls of fame and adulation upon a young man from a small town struggling to provide for his family and hiding his worsening epilepsy from the world. The hitherto unknown Sam Riley is superb as the tortured poet laureate Ian Curtis, and fully deserves the accolades heading his way (coincidentally, he also had a brief role as fellow Mancunian legend Mark E Smith in 24 Hour Party People). Samantha Morton also turns in an accomplished performance as his wife Deborah. One small gripe is that she seemed a little old to be the same age as her husband, but I'm just splitting hairs here. The main actors are supported well and with humour by the characters of Rob Gretton, Peter Hook and Tony Wilson, who passed away recently giving this film added poignancy. The film is beautifully shot in black and white, with every frame worthy of being featured in an exhibition with the rest of Corbijns work. Corbijn of course made his name photographing the band in the early days, and the evidence shows in the care and attention to detail on screen at every moment. It's easy to compare and contrast Control with 24 Hour Party People, but whereas that was a self-indulgent look at thle life of Tony Wilson, this is at heart, the simple story of a young couple, ultimately driven to despair by the world around them. To paraphrase the classic song, love really can tear you apart. When the lights went up at the end, the audience sat in stunned silence, despite knowing the tragic outcome in advance. This is a powerful, moving story, worthy of both the critical acclaim and your cash in return for a ticket. If you use this, please refer to me as Mariachi.
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  • Sept. 28, 2007, 8:22 a.m. CST


    by Faust_8

    make that 4

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by DarthBodie

    Yeah Baby!

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Or not!

    by DarthBodie


  • Sept. 28, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Kontrol, that one in the subway

    by Faust_8

    Hungarian I believe

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Pot, Compost, some form of life

    by D o o d

    Fuck it, it's a PLANT!

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    "When the routine bites hard..."

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I can't fucking wait for this one.

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST

    I was at this screening

    by Traintrack1

    and it was a brilliant film. The fact that Debbie was heavily involved in its production doesn't seem to have led to her being portrayed as saintly and the mistress as some evil beast out to steal her man, which is commendable.

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    My word

    by Kristian66

    If that review is anything to go by, this is going to amazing. (I thought it would be)

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    "One reader flips out for"

    by Kristian66

    Was that a really sick epilepsy joke?

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    I saw this, too.

    by Gristle

    I caught this last night. I have to disagree with the reviewer. The movie didn't work. The photography was beautiful simply because we never see stark black-&-white films anymore. The story is a long one about a very depressed person in a very grim city making very glum music. There is none of the whimsy or fun of "24 Hour Party People" (not that I should have expected it). As a fan of that film and a sometime fan of Joy Division and Anton Corbijn, I went in expecting something good. It was long and the Curtis character was distant. It's a rock-n-roll story without any of the fun of that music. It might have seemed a good idea to make this into a movie, but there's just nothing there. I eagerly anticipated the moment Curtis finally put an end to his awful existence. If you want beautifully photographed English rowhouse tragedy, rent "Vera Drake". If you want music, see "Once" or "24 Hour Party People" again.

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    It's a pity this was purchased by Harvey Weinstein...

    by Powers Boothe

    for American distribution. He'll probably have the bloody thing colourised AND dub over the British accents with American "names" like Evan Rachel Wood and Jimmy Fallon.

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    CANT WAIT!!!

    by butnugget

    This is going to be fucking AMAZING!

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    The Wacky Misadventures of Ian Curtis

    by Garbageman33

    Ironically, "Atmosphere" popped up in my iPod this morning. Not sure how you could hear that and think "I bet his life story would make for a fun, whimsical night at the movies".

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Where is this playing in Los Angeles?

    by IAmLegolas

    The website keeps saying it opens next week, but so far, no info as of yet.

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Too bad a The Killers cover

    by Powers Boothe

    is used during the end credits. Were Interpol too busy?

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by Gristle

    I didn't expect a cheerful romp, but I did think the film would have substance. It's simply a timeline of Curtis's career ("Oh, that's when he wrote 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'!"). It never opens him up to the audience, unless he really was that blank. And if he was, it brings to mind Brian Cox in "Adaptation" booming out, "Why the fuck are you wasting my two precious hours with your movie?"

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    I know its playing soon at the Nuart Legolas

    by IndustryKiller!

    I think starting in a few weeks. If you know of anything sooner post it.

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah, didn't care for this

    by mr.underwater

    Granted, I'm not a huge Warsaw/Joy Division fan (although, I like them just fine), but you really have to already think Curtis is an out and out genius when buying the ticket for this film to really work for you.<br><br>I don't really think he's a genius, so I got a long mope, and not much else.