Mat Whitecross directs Andy Serkis, Olivia Williams and Ray Winstone in this musical biopic of Ian Dury, essaying the punk legend’s difficult route to success.
A messy, earnest film that reinforces the maxim “Don’t meet your heroes.” Serkis’ take on Dury is unlikable and abrasive. That’s not the end of the world but the pub toilet hedonism and half heard music doesn’t justify looking this intently at the dark and ugly portrait presented. More Water Rats than The 100 Club. Naomie Harris does good work as the new girlfriend.
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