So I just finished watching The Dirt: The Unbelievable Story of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band – Mötley Crüe…
The Dirt chronicles the rise of iconic heavy metal band Motley Crue. Starting with Nikki Sixx’s troubled childhood, and the initial formation of the band, to their rising fame, and notorious antics. The film also deals with the many addiction problems the band faced, Vince Neil’s vehicular manslaughter trial, and departure from the band, all culminating in Vince Neil’s return to the band around the time of their album Generation Swine.
People have been hating this movie, but I gotta give it props for having vision and being more honest about its subject than Bohemian Rhapsody. However, the film also had its share of faults which brings it down.
Okay script, good characters and performances, interesting cinematography and editing, great soundtrack (it’s Motley fuckin Crue, what do you expect?), funny, etc.
Getting Jeff Tremaine, the guy who made Jackass, making a movie about one of the biggest party animal bands in history, was a smart move. He added alot of style to the movie and really enhanced some of the humor with very Jackass-esque camera work.
However, this movie did have some major issues.
Firstly, the script, while in the overall was fine, had moments of rather blunt dialogue and an over expository narrator. It reminded me of Adam McKay, but not as smart or as interesting as Adam McKay.
Secondly, the acting could get a bit stiff here and there. Nothing offensive or anything, but noticeable enough to be a problem.
Thirdly, some of the humor could get pretty dumb, and I’m usually forgiving of that sorta thing.
Overall, while this was a rather uncompromising and very honest vision, it was highly flawed in its execution. If you’re a big fan of Motley Crue, you’ll get a kick out of this movie, but don’t expect anything amazing.
6.5 out of 10