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The Dirt
2019 | R | 1 Hr 47 Min | Drama | Netflix


Director: Jeff Tremaine

Writers: Amanda Adelson

Stars: 
Douglas Booth
Iwan Rheon
Daniel Webber

Synopsis:
The story of Mötley Crüe and their rise from the Sunset Strip club scene of the early 1980s to superstardom.



Love it or hate it Glam Metal/ Hair Bands were all the rage in the '80s and for me an amazing time in music to grow up with. Even though I was not much of a Crue fan The Dirt was a fun watch and a nice little trip down memory lane. 


This was meant to be a fun trip down memory lane and by the sound of it, most critics seem to be panning The Dirt. I think for the most part they are missing the point. The Crue was a loud and obnoxious group that partied harder than most glam bands of the time. For me, The Dirt was pure entertainment to its fullest. No, it's not Bohemian Rhapsody but nobody intends for it to be. But like the Queen biopic, the cast was pretty spot on. Douglas Booth stars as bassist Nikki Sixx, Iwan Rheon as lead guitarist Mick Mars, Colson Baker plays drummer Tommy Lee, and Daniel Webber portrays lead vocalist Vince Neil. Out of the group, both Baker and Booth nailed their parts, with Rheon playing the oldest member and the rarely talked about story of Mick Mars who has to be one of the most underrated guitar players to come out of the heavy metal scene. The weak link here is Webber with is poor lip-syncing along with the non-Vince look but don't let that stop you this group still works well together kicking ass throughout the movie. 


I also have strong feelings for the movie trying to humanize the band showing us the hard times they went through. From Vince going to jail, and Nikki's drug use you get a small break from the crazy action and its just enough to make you realize they where human and yes they made mistakes. Don't let that last line fool you too much the movie has plenty of Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll and oh yes doing a line of Ant's with Ozzy is a true highlight of this story. 


The Dirt is recommended for any fans of the band Mötley Crüe, as it showcases the band's impact and significance in music history. It is nostalgic as it tells the group's notorious story. Now if your not a fan of the group just sit back open your mind and enjoy. Do not over think it like most critics have been. I never read the book but remember my wife telling me it was a must read at the time and after we watched it she picked the book up again, I now would like to read the book The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band. I just need to know more about these crazy story's! 


If your a product of the 80s and have not fired up Netflix yet than get on it! If your looking for something outside the box about a rough and tough boy bad give this one a shot you just might like! In this house, I could have gone on for another hour and we would have been happy!

4 out of 5 Stars

Comments

  1. Totally agree, loved this one and would not have minded another hour or two watching the craziness. It's amazing they're all still alive.

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