|10.13.07||Paramount||This Screening is part of event: Austin Film Festival 2007|
This was like the number one movie I wanted to see at this fest. Although I'm just a casual fan of Joy Division so I can't speak to how accurate it was or how close the actors look/behave like their characters but I can say that everything seemed 100% dead on. It's not a short movie (I think what I saw ended up at around 130 minutes) but very good. The live shows were all really well done (A producer was in attednance and said that all the actors had to learn their instruments (Sam Riley knew how to sang but had to smoke a bunch of cigarettes to lower his voice) and by the time they shot the gig scenes they actually performed the songs then acted to their own playback... which is great considering how it sounds. Yes it is a tad different but it also has all the messiness of a live performance so... I was impressed.
Everyone already knows how pretty it is, but it's really shot as if from moving black and white photos. I'm not sure the camera ever moved (it probably did, I wasn't keeping a tally or anything, but after watching the previous film (which felt like 90% handheld and steadicam work) this felt extremely static and composed.
I think this makes a great companion to 24 Hour Party People in that it both clears up that film's treatment of Curtis (When I saw that movie I thought it seemed more like he committed suicide out of boredom than anything else) and it gives greater context to the atmosphere and music of the time. I loved all the gig posters in the background and little touches in set decoration and costuming that made this feel all the more authentic. I guess I don't really KNOW if it's actually authentic or not (being too lazy to read the books), but it certainly feels that way.