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.
The thing about biopics is that to be able to enjoy them, the subject either must've had a very interesting life, that you emotionally connect with the subject or that you were already a fan of said subject, unfortunately for me of the three, only the emotional connection was present and even that wasn't that big.
So I did enjoy this but not that much; nevertheless the quality of the film alone is why I give this film three stars, the film looks beautiful, and the black and white with the superb sound specially from the live performances makes this film seem so real.
I'm amazed that with this film and Brighton Rock that Sam Riley hasn't made it to Hollywood yet, he is really good.
Again, I haven't read the book from which this movie was adapted, but I've read somethings about Ian Curtis life and since I'm a big Joy Division fan I really enjoyed this movie.
The movie is really beautiful, with a good use of black and white and the acting is really great. Specially the lead, who plays Curtis.
Although I think you'll enjoy more this film if you're a Joy Division fan, I think you can really appreciate this movie for what it is, since the film is really well made and you can connect to the characters.
Very well-made and effective film about the troubled career and too-short life of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. Anton Corbijn's direction is excellent and Sam Riley brings wonderful depth to the role of Curtis. While the film isn't stunning or exceptional, it is a more-than-decent biopic made by the right people in the right way. Superb.
Music from David Bowie, Buzzcocks, Iggy Pop, Sex Pistols,
and of course famous songs by Joy Division.
Still get goosebumps every time when I hear 'Disorder'.
Those were the days..
Didn't care much about the whole Drama/Love story that was going on. Because there are people that have much bigger problems. And yes, I know that was one of the most important part.
But I rather just sit back and relax, enjoy the tunes, and watch Ian do some awkward dance moves.
Dude knows how to use black and white effectively.
In 2007, Anton Corbijn delved into British pop culture history to provide a touching, pleasantly witty and terrifically performed biopic of troubled Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Shot entirely in black and white, this moving portrait plots the rise of the popular Manchester band, Curtis’ descent into depression before concluding with his devastating untimely suicide at the minor age of twenty three.
Sam Riley, a relative newcomer at the time, announces himself as star potential by bringing alarming energy and incredible likeness to his central role. Equally impressive is Samantha Morton who offers a powerful performance as Debbie Curtis, Curtis’ beleaguered wife whose autobiography provides the basis for the narrative.
Corbijn controls the narrative and atmosphere of his film with…
This is more than just a moving doco about a likely lad that died too young. Gosh how attitudes to Mental Health have altered... I was going to say changed .... but I don't think changed is the right word. Kinda like a sideways step.
This film is is haunting and you do not have to be an ageing Joy Division fan to appreciate it.
A great portrayal of Ian Curtis' love life, adulthood, and illness and how all three led to his inevitable suicide.
Joy Division is either as amazing a band as everyone says or as completely over-hyped as everyone says depending on how your coin lands. My coin seems to have landed in it's edge which may be why I found the film both fascinating and pretty dull. Shot in glorious black & white & gray, the movie looks fantastic, but Corbijn's penchant for never moving the camera makes for a muted experience in terms of drama or events; austere, static, nothing ever flows; critiques that could just as easily be applied to Joy Division so I guess that's kinda apt.
If Joy Division is to CONTROL in the Corbijn film universe then I guess his follow-up, THE AMERICAN, is kinda like his New Order, all the same elements, just a lot more colorful.
When I saw 24 Hour Party People, I thought the most interesting part was Ian Curtis and Joy Division. So now we have a movie just about that (with a lead who was in Party People in a different role), but it's a mixed bag. It has a fantastic black and white 60's period look (even though it's set in the 70s) and features some really great performances all around. However, all of the characters exist in isolation. They don't have relationships with each other and the drama suffers because of it. The movie also has some great bleak British humor that seems to go away in the second half, and the film just gets dreary, slow, and long. If you're interested in the subject, it's worth watching, but it won't be making Joy Division's one CD fly off the shelves. Script by Matt Greenhalgh.
Well-crafted biopic with impressive performances from Morton and Riley, although I feel Corbijn's cinematography is too slick for this story, not dirty or grainy enough. And I do feel Curtis as portrayed in 24 Hour Party People was a far more vital character.
Gran historia de como podemos ver la historia del cantante de joy división y parece que sam riley es idéntico a el y se lleva lo bueno
my hero ;_;
:3 Ian Curtis!