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Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980.
"Side effects include: drowsiness, apathy, and blurred vision... I'm taking two."
Yes, fucking, please!
Odd to use the word 'enjoy' when describing this film but I will. I enjoyed watching this. Anton Corbijn's black and white photography making the story all that more powerful. Bleak, depressing, desolate, cold, and loney; these are words to describe both the look and content of the film.
Even if you are not a Joy Division fan, you might already be familiar with their story from 2002's 24 Party People. In that film, you get an overview of their beginning and eventual rebirth as New Order. In Control, you get the more personal view of Ian Curtis.
The performances by all the actors, including Samantha…
In Anton Corbjin's Control we have the chance to see the world through the eyes of Ian Curtis, the vocalist of the acclaimed british band from the late 70s, Joy Division, which is actually one of my all time favorite bands. Control documents the relationship bewtween Ian Curtis and his wife and between Ian Curtis and his mistress, his battle against epilepsy and the path to Joy Division's fame and the way all those happenings destroyed his life.
Control was directed by the acclaimed photgrapher Anton Corbjin, and you can immediately see he knows how to elaborate a visually stunning film. Beautifully shot in black and white, this film is a major directional achievement, from the ingenious use of light…
Anton Corbijn has a flair for visuals. Anyone who has seen his work with Depeche Mode will know what I mean. He's made that step from brilliant photographer to film director with consummate ease and this his debut feature had all his hallmarks.
Ian Curtis was the lead singer with the late-seventies band Joy Division. A complex, some would say selfish young man, he had deeply troubling emotional problems courtesy of an epilepsy condition he just couldn't deal with. This biopic paints an unhappy man who struggles to deal with depression and the big decisions he made that cornered him. Marrying his childhood sweetheart at 19 and a father by 22, he threw himself into the band after problems with…
The colour scheme is fuckin' black & white, and they fuckin' speak as if there's a golden shite. The fuckin' movies are all overblown, the fuckin' powers and all those fuckin' guns. The fuckin' people are fuckin' stupid, they fuckin' talk as if they know it.
The fuckin' music is fuckin' fucked, what sadness can give, not a fuckin' thing could. The fuckin' love is fuckin' unreal, with all the fuckin' dance and all them fuckin' seals.
The fuckin' cigarette is not going to fuckin' help, coz' them love-birds are going to yelp. Though the fuckin' music stays alive, through the fuckin' rope and through the fuckin' blue eyes.
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Review In A Nutshell:
I don't consider myself as the biggest Joy Division enthusiast, but I can proudly say that I do love their music and I consider myself at least a fan of their work. The band has made an impact on my life and my perspective of music. I remember when around 5-6 years ago, when I first heard the band, I listened to Unknown Pleasures, it didn't instantly blow me away instead it crept up on me as I kept coming back to it. It was songs like She's Lost Control and Disorder that truly hit me in the heart and convinced me that they are…
I got an unknown amount of pleasure watching this
It does the man's story its justice. Pretty cool.
a parte deles fanboy do bowie é massinha até, mas no geral, o ian curtis virou um moleque bobão que jamais teria escrito um terço das letras que escreveu. se um dia fizerem uma obra sobre a minha vida, que não seja alguém que ainda tenha ressentimentos de mim.
Disclaimer: Joy Division is one of my favorite bands, so perhaps this is not the fairest review. However, I don't believe that film's impact on me stemmed from my deep love of their music; it was the stoic and enigmatic character study of the band's frontman, Ian Curtis, as well as the bleak and moving portrait of incurable melancholy and dissatisfaction with life. If Ian Curtis was anything like the film leads us to believe (and as the band members and Curtis' wife Deborah were all producers of the film, as well as having the band's old photographer Anton Corbijn behind the camera directing, most likely it's fairly accurate), he was the embodiment of Churchill's riddle wrapped inside a mystery…
I commend everyone who worked on this film because I don't think I've ever been able to feel the exact same way a character was feeling throughout the whole movie. I felt so completely drained after watching I couldn't even cry, I just kinda sat in my bed mourning Ian and for anyone that's felt what he was going through. I love this movie but I can't say I'll be able to watch it by myself, I can show other people it and watch it with them but being alone while watching makes upset. I don't think that's necessarily bad though.
Ian Curtis was one depressed guy and his upbeat music at times reflected it much like Kurt Cobain's music did as well. I know a little about Joy Division from the documentaries and movies I've seen about them but the stuff about always seems too spot on and goes deeper into his soul then we are probably meant to get. I feel bad for him but a lot of his circumstances he did to himself but with a lot people with depression, it is difficult to get out of the cycle.
I am enormous Joy Division fan, and I have adored other films from Anton Corbijn, so I should love this film. I do up to a point. The first hour that depicts Ian and Deborah's early relationship and the formation of the band are wonderful. The accuracy and attention to detail in staging the band's live performances are particularly impressive. Sam Riley really has Curtis down. The second hour is where it gets dicey. The band angle is virtually abandoned in favour of their relationship difficulties leading up to his suicide. That's fine in a way since the film is an adaptation of her book, but the hour largely consists of Curtis quite literally doing nothing to resolve a romantic triangle. It should not be as long as it is.
A very sad and bleak film. Definitely not the kind of thing you put when you feel blue, but sometimes it seems like it's a good thing to return to if you have experienced/gotten through a long-time depression/depressive period of your life, to look back, but also to get it out of your body. To get on with your life without the burden of feelings no bleak, a film to be watched when you have a fresh look on things.
Anyway, great acting all around, Sam Riley SHINES as Ian Curtis. Well, as much as you can shine in the bleak state of the characters and the color tinting.
Anton Corbijn is great as setting together the soundtrack and making us feel and hear everything.
Great, but very sad film. 5 out of 5.
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