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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…
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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…
A look into the life of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis directed by former band photographer Anton Corbijn. Filmed in black and white it tells the story of an introverted yet highly gifted young man struggling with epilepsy and depression who's only escape from life is through music. He marries his childhood sweetheart at a young age and they have a daughter together but his life is further complicated when he meets and falls in love with a Belgian journalist, which cause's more confusion and feelings of shame in his head rapidly increasing his downward spiral.
The performances throughout the film are of a high standard, Sam Riley is superb as Curtis, like a ball off kinetic energy whilst performing…
I got an unknown amount of pleasure watching this
Control is an intoxicating, blurry portrait of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division, who died at the young age of 23. Control sharpens itself with an attitude, sinking into heavy moods rather than explicit action. It was great, however I feel it focused too hard on his romantic tragedy. I wanted to know more about him and his footings. We experience lovely masquerades of Joy Division's performances, seeing Curtis up on stage singing his heart out like a messiah. Those scenes I have no problem with. They capture the powerful and unique glory of Joy Division, and Curtis himself in a way that is hard to be done on film. Speaking of which, the eye for visuals here…
Great cinematography and sondtrack (obviously). Great caracter.
Realy enjoyed it
I watched this recently and it was a pretty fucking cool story about Ian Curtis and his kinda descent and HOOH I liked it and holy fuck how did he look that much like him
The actual band performances are impressive, but this black and white melodrama is too much for someone who laughed at fart jokes just like the rest of us.
Existence well what does it matter? I exist on the best terms I can. The past is now part of my future. The present is well out of hand... Que dire d'un film qui commence de la sorte! Tiré d'une biographie de la femme de l'artiste, qui, selon le résultat cinématographique, est loin du règlement de comptes auquel on aurait pu s'attendre, le film relate la brève, mais tragique existence du chanteur de Joy Division. Les acteurs sont tous excellents, la photo noir et blanc sublime, et le scénario subtil et respectueux du personnage, bien que ce dernier est ici loin d'être parfait... Il est rare qu'un film ait autant d'impact sur moi, même après plusieurs écoutes...
This is an all black and white film by choice which I thought was an interesting directors choice. This movie is very depressing. Even during the happy moments the undertones are depressing. This story follows a lead singer from the band Joy Division and how he loses control of his life. First he finds out he has epilepsy, he realizes he doesn't love his life and as his band gets more popular, he feels more isolated. This is good movie about a true story. Overall really sad and kind of weird.
Me ha parecido un buen biopic, muy acertado con ese blanco y negro tan adecuado a Ian. Aunque la parte final se extiende un poco sin aportar nada.
Honestly I'll need to rewatch this to give a proper review, it's been ages.
Pretty intense movie though and I really liked it back then.
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