PULP found fame on the world stage in the 90’s with anthems like ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. 25 years later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality & car maintenance.
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There's an oblique lightly-handled sociology to this. The visuals of Sheffield, the anecdotes about social exclusion and inclusion, could all add up to a dark vision of Britain, but it's funny and human and Pulp have a cross-class unifying presence - one that we will always miss, and need more than ever.
I had the pleasure of seeing Pulp on both the 'Different Class' and 'This Is Hardcore' tours and always felt their departure from the scene was premature. This record of their reunion concert in 2011 is hardly fitting epitaph either though. Fun if you were there I suppose but the majesty seems diminished. As much a portrait of Sheffield though unlikely to be used by the local tourist board for obvious reasons.
3.5. When I first saw the trailer for this film, I thought it was going to be 99% talking heads and 1% music.Well, it wasn't that. It was a great film about an amazing band, with interesting and funny segments like the one in the restaurant with the people singing. It was silly, but fits with the sense of humour of the band (and particularly Jarvis). To see if you're a Pulp fan or want to know them!
Some good insights into Pulp's roots, the themes behind Jarvis' songs, and their fanbase, but it ought to have been better. Also it ignores the significant contribution of Russell Senior - perhaps that's out of convenience, as he had left the reunion tour before the final Sheffield gig the film's constructed around. The exclusion doesn't seem very gregarious for what's otherwise a pleasant victory lap.
A very nostalgic look at the image of the northern, working-class Britain and the music that rises from it. Very enjoyable and heartwarming yet unimpactful. Lacks as both a concert film and documentary.
a joyful experience. one of great regrets in life is that i never went to see pulp live and this goes someway to redeeming that. would have liked to have seen bit more of gig but then you can't have everything...I would also like a time machine so I could actually go to the gig but like I say, you can't have everything..
top film saw it ages ago in a pompous 1st screening where noone moved in their seats, bugger that i was bouncing like mad! ** razzmatazz forever **
hmmm "Jarvis Cocker refuses to soften with age." - his voice still freaks me out on sainsburys ads though!