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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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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
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…
A work of art: defiantly does the great Ian Curtis justice. Sam Riley does am incredible job as Ian, got him so spot on it's unbelievable (although I don't see why they didn't give him contacts to make his eyes light like Ian's). The cinematography is also stunning; and the choice to film the movie in black and white was absolutely perfect. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful mind, every needs to see this regardless of whether they listen to Joy Division or not. everything is amazing
Scavenger Hunt 15 - June 2016
Task# 15: A film where someone is being hypnotized
"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” (Ian Curtis, Joy Division)
Control is a beautifully shot musical biopic, which lovingly and sensitively charts the rise and fall of early 80’s post-punk band Joy Division - with a focus on the short life of their front man Ian Curtis (Sam Riley). Set in the northern English town of Macclesfield in a time of industrial decline, Curtis has a melancholic 'Morrisey-esque' feel about him. He’s intelligent, introverted, poetic and wistful, but these sensitivities and ability…
Sam Riley nails it and I enjoyed the black and white look of it. Very sharp.
It doesn't really mess with the format of a music biopic, but it doesn't need to when the central subject is Ian Curtis. That said, as traditional as it feels at times, it hardly goes the rags to riches route.
Yeah, Riley nails it. As does the rest of the cast. Toby Kebbell is fun as Rob Gretton and Samantha Morton is amazing as Curtis' wife, Deborah.
It's a powerful film, really. One that stands apart from other music biopics.
Actually, to even call it a biopic seems to be doing it a disservice.
Featuring a strong, doe-eyed performance by Sam Riley, the most striking thing about Control is how polished it is: a much more entertaining way to re-live Joy Division's history, and more specifically Ian Curtis' life, than by going through the Wikipedia entries on either subject. However, despite its refined black-and-white aesthetic, tight editing and slick incorporation of the Joy Division oeuvre, Control could use a bit more depth. Every character besides Curtis is relegated to an almost peripheral status. But this would not be so looming a problem if Curtis himself were more intimately analyzed. This is a bio-pic about him, after all. Yet as enigmatic and compelling Sam Riley is to watch, there's a layer of impenetrability to his…
Control is about the latter years of the short life of Joy Division front man, Ian Curtis. He died at 23 from a depression induced suicide....Why? Outwardly he was living every teenage boys dream: in a rock band (or more accurately a late 70s post punk band), playing a few gigs, appearing on TV, signed a record deal, toured Europe and about to tour the USA. It was based on a memoir written by his wife, so the entire focus of the film is on Curtis, the band and the music are merely extras.
The events took place in the late 1970s and the movie was not made until 2007, so maybe had lost some of its relevance by then.…
No sé porque tardé tanto en verla está muy chida.
Virtually everything about Control is ridiculous from the start. For the entire two hours, but especially the first 30 minutes, of the film, the viewer is stuck watching the characters simply bounce around from one highlight of Ian Curtis' life to the next, regardless of chronology and regardless of the truth. It feels like a bulleted list of necessary moments to cover, rather than a fleshed-out movie, and character development goes completely out the window, as the film will do anything to get to the point where it can play out like a soap opera with the often false familial drama it chooses to focus on instead of what made Ian Curtis' life so special: his music. In fact, a…
It's endearing to watch a movie with such low production value succeed on so many levels.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…