109. 24 Hour Party People (2002)

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6.6 A bit dull
  • Acting 6.5
  • Directing 6.5
  • Story 6.9
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Starring: Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, John Simm

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Running Time: 117 mins


24 Hour Part People is a British film about the life of ex-broadcaster, Tony Wilson, who enters the music industry, and discovers such classic bands as Joy Division and the Happy Mondays, and brings them to the country’s, and the world’s, attention.

I must say that I don’t know much at all about the rave music scene in Manchester during the 70s and 80s, as I was not alive at that time, but I still found this film quite interesting.

This film is labelled as a comedy, and I was expecting it to be very funny, as it included many actors from many of my favourite TV shows: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, John Simm, Peter Kay, and many others, however I was left feeling as if this film was not at all that funny, just very biographical.

Obviously, the story was fascinating, and I was intrigued by the entire development of the bands, as well as the progression of Tony Wilson’s career, evident to end in financial disaster, which made it a bit more enjoyable and interesting for me to watch.

Overall, I’ll give this 6.6, because it had quite an interesting storyline, however it wasn’t really very funny, and the fact that I was left disappointed with the lack of comedy made me feel a little pessimistic throughout the rest of the film.

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