"I knew it was a great film and that it would be very well received because, even though it's two hours long, only two people went to the toilet the whole time. In fact, one of them was Bernard. The other one was a 70-year-old woman." Peter Hook, Cannes 2007
amazing photography, good performance by sam riley (very similar to ian curtis), however, the story did not convince me because it is partially true. It's obvious that Anton Corbijn did this movie to pleasure JD fans and didn't tell the other side of the story told by ian's wife. Anyway i loved the film and the soundtrack !
" 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 guess it was heartbreaking, and Curtis was portrayed beautifully, although (as someone who is completely blind about Joy Division (not a huge fan)) it made me kind of hate him but sympathize him at the same time. Toby Kebbel was actually the best actor in the film, amongst all the bleak dreary atmosphere, he gives a bit of a laugh once in a while.
Brilliantly acted and compelling; even if some of the events are dramatised for entertainment purposes.
I really despise this film: First of all what can you make with a 23 year old guys biography if you don't emphasise his band? Why make everyone seem like a jerk? Annik is way more interesting than she is in the movie, she is just a lover, same thing with Deborah. And make Ian an angel out of all these characters? Its just wrong. Well directed and shot, but poor material to work with Love the band but this is too much
This movie was a bit weird for me. It was touching on things that were really familiar - love and the struggle of it. It didn't really tell me anything that I didn't already know about life besides the story of this band and Ian in particular. There were some really good performances like Samantha Morton as Debbie and Toby Kebbell as the Rob Gretton, but somehow the movie didn't quite grab me. Maybe needs a rewatch.
It's hard to separate the film from the legend, but to Corbijn's credit 'Control' is more than yet another biopic. Apart from the shared biographical background, Corbijn's trademark grainy black and white photography, which he also brought to this film, fits perfectly with Joy Division's bleak and haunting music. Read my full review: http://www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2007/10/19/control
Woo. Let's further fetishize Curtis's suicide by making his life look like an old Calvin Klein ad.
Suited in black and white, this film's strength is saying as much with as little. Arresting and in sync with the soundtrack it unravels much like the sad protagonist.
Clearly overrated despite some fine photography and solid performances. It did not on any point ring true to me or grab my attention. Oh well, I'll just go back to my Joy Division records instead.