You Gotta Watch This!


I’ve spent my Saturday evening watching “The Dirt” on Netflix. It’s about the history of Motley Crue and their rise to stardom and their subsequent fall and comeback. Let me say that the film is absolutely brilliant, I laughed my ass off through a good part of it. Especially, the scene where Ozzy pisses by the side of a swimming pool and then gets down and licks it. Okay, part of me thought, “sick,” but I still laughed anyway. There is no holding back in showing the band’s totally debauched lifestyle throughout the 1980s, from their humble beginnings playing the Whiskey A Go Go club in LA to their chart topping album, “Dr Feelgood.” The first half of the film is like one big party.

The big however is that it doesn’t shy away from the sadder parts in the band’s history. Vince Neil’s car crash which killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle and the death of his daughter Skylar. Nor does hold back in highlighting Nikki Sixx’s heroin addiction although I would have like to seen a little more detail on Mick Mars’s health problems. The film made me regret even more the fact I used to think he was the worst guitarist in metal. All of the above nearly destroyed these men and the band.

Word of warning: If you are a hard core Motley Crue fan, you might be dismayed at some of the historical inaccuracies of the film. I know for a fact that Vince Neil served his time in prison in 1986, after the band completed the “Theater of Pain” tour. The film suggests his jail time was before. There are probably more in the film but as I learned from writing  “Rock and Roll Children,” one shouldn’t let a little thing like historical accuracy get in the way of a good story. The bottom line is, whether or not you’re a Motley Crue fan or even a metalhead, “The Dirt” is definitely worth a watch.


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12 Responses to “You Gotta Watch This!”

  1. Gonna watch that for sure !

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  2. Like the band, like the book, but I feel the film was poorly made, bad acting, bad pacing, bad editing, and too much mythologisising. Worst of all no attention payed to miming the instruments in time in a music movie aimed at music fans.

    And Ozzy’s accent was waaaay off.

    Works better in my imagination than on screen.

    Still happy I saw it. Fun. Just dumn fun but not well made.

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  3. Yeah, there’s always going to be historical inaccuracies in these types of things. I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody recently but man, they were waaaay liberal with the poetic license.

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  4. I’d say it’s a fans only movie. I enjoyed it as an old metal head myself but I could see the dialogue creaking, the narrative wandering and the irritation anyone who didn’t like the band (and I get that totally) would take away.

    Tommy’s character was clearly just told ‘be enthusiastic like a puppy, your catchphrase is ‘Dude’’, Ozzy was fun but disgusting.

    The use of music other than Mötley Crüe’s own was great. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory and the Meghan Kabir cover of Live Wire being two notable examples.

    If we have Bo Rhap and The Doors and one end of the scale and Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story at the other this is in my opinion somewhere below Rock And Roll High School in ear shot of Armageddon It.

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