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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…
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…
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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…
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.
I had a few options for a January 8th Birthday pick when I came across Sam Riley who I had only seen in two films so far. Unfortunately one of them was Maleficent, but I did remember him from the film so that counted for something right? Maybe. I dunno. Anyways I was wondering what the hubbub was about his feature film debut.
Well first off it's also director Anton Corbijn's feature film debut coming from the world of music videos which sometimes produces directors that are more concerned…
I used to listen to some Joy Division during the 2014 summer holidays when I left my past high school. In a weird way, the music of Joy Division with songs like 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and 'Atmosphere' helped me relax from the stress I had from my past high school. As of the band itself, I didn't know much about the formation of the band or Ian Curtis. But 'Control' certainly did a good job doing a film about the life of Ian Curtis.
'Control' is a atmospheric and interesting biopic about Ian Curtis and Joy Division. The black and white to the film and the somewhat bleak atmosphere didn't make Ian Curtis Story weighed down by the…
I'm not very much into my music biopics. They usually all radiate a similar feeling of pompousness as they romanticise the icon, gushing their love for the people by showing how stylistically rebellious and alternative they were.
Control is so good.
'Ian Curtis' the real life name, doesn't even need to be in this film for it to work. On its own this film is a tragic tale on the fragility of youth, the protagonist is never romanticised, he is treated as a human being and therefore we as the audience can relate to him, he acts, thinks and feels much like we would if we found fame at the tender age of pre-adolescence. The soundtrack almost all of which…
Beautifully shot and performed, Control still suffers from Biopic About a Musician Syndrome.
not the classic movie about rock star
A rather mediocre profile of Ian Curtis
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The life of Ian Curtis (Joy Division).
Great Performance of Sam Riley : acting and singing.
Beautiful imagery and interesting story. I personally don't know much about Ian Curtis nor have listened to Joy Division more than necessary for basic knowledge, though. Two hours is often too much, even for this movie. Otherwise, it was good.
I love Joy Division, but this movie was extremely dull and slow.
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