You know you’re starting to feel old when, in the space of one month, three films about three dead musicians hit the theaters, and you can still remember when their very first records came out. Such was the case when, watching the previews before the new Anton Corbijn biopic about Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, I saw plugs for new feature films about The Clash’s Joe Strummer and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain.
Two down, one to go, so far, Control is the winner. Casting Ian Curtis as the unstable, miserable genius that he was, the black and white feature debut by the famous Dutch photographer has a truly literary feel to it, eschewing Curtis’ star quality for an up-close study of a talented young man totally falling apart. Julien Temple‘s homage to Strummer, The Future is Unwritten is Control‘s polar opposite.
A documentary portrait of an equally brilliant middle aged rock star burdened with enormous regrets, Future is best summed up in the highly critical words of my wife, who published her own terrific take on the film last night. Check it out. If you haven’t read the Bionic Farmer blog yet, this is the perfect introduction.