The Dirt (2019)

The 2019 biopic about Motley Crue is, in lack of better words. Interesting.

I have never been a massive Motley Crue fan. I saw them back in 2014 and it was pretty bad. Now a movie about the notorious glam rock band based on the very famous autobiography available for everyone on Netflix.

Directed by Jeff Tremaine, best known for Jackass. and what Can I say, He certainly manages to capture the charm of Motley Crue. This is a movie about sex, drugs and a whole lotta rock.

Douglas Booths performance as Nikki Sixx and Machine Kellys performance as Tommy Lee. Daniel Webber as Vince Neil and Iwan Rheon from Game of Thrones as Mike Mars are all amazing and they really manage to portray the essence of the characters

There are some scenes here that are just fabulous. A very funny Tony Cavalero as Ozzy Osbourne sniffing up ants and licking up piss. The scene serves no purpose in the narrative at all, but is somehow still one of the few things I remember of the film.

The Dirt Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee; Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars

Screenwriters Amanda Adelson and Rich Wilkes  struggles a lot with adapting this book into a solid film narrative, it takes about an hour before it gets to the point. Telling the sad story about Nikki Sixxs tragic childhood making it seem like an old greek tragedy. Sixx serves as the narrator of the film and most of the story is told through his eyes when they finally get to the point

It is funny, foul mouthed and idiotic. but that is also what it is. The lighting is way to blunt making it annoying to look at. The Cinematography is blurry and uninspiring, and the narrative of the movie fails to deliver any solid red thread.

Now the way the film breaks the fourth wall also does not really help the narrative, several times the actors break character and just stares into the camera talking directly to the audience and it gets annoying. An example is that one character stares into the camera and says:
“Don’t ever let your girlfriend be alone with Motley Crue, they will fuck her”

Now on terms of music, The Dirt is good. We are in the 80s. the last great era of rock. Here we have a lot of good music. A lot of cocaine, and a lot of hairspray.

The Dirt is 2 hours long but sadly it feels a lot longer. it does not really manage to capture anything I did not already know. but hardcore Crue fans will find some enjoyement, and of course the acting is good, very good.

Motley Crue was always Rock N Rolls biggest badboys, and the Dirt manages to portray this very well. It is rock N roll all night and party every day and you somehow manage to revel in the idiocy of the assholes.

Score: 6/10

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