The Definition of Cool
This movie absolutely blew me away. As far as musical biopics go, this is one of the best Iíve ever seen. Sam Riley got my attention the moment he appeared on screen and never let go. He played Ian Curtis with such passion and charisma but also highlighted the character flaws and decisions Curtis made in his life. Samantha Morton breaks my heart as Curtisí wife who really did everything she could to show her love for Curtis. When she finds out that her husband is less than loyal, the way she responded was unpredictable. Like the actorsí performances, this film is very lowkey yet it has an undeniable quiet power that moved me. As for Joy Division, I didnít know much more about them except that they greatly influenced Franz Ferdinandís music. So, I didnít know what I was in for. Joy Divisionís music is the kind of music I listen to so Iíll give them a close listen. I thought the decision to show in this film in black and white is absolutely brilliant because it underlines the depression under the beauty that Curtis was going through. Sam Riley really impressed me with his acting: I thought he was the definition of cool when he was walking down the street while wearing a grey coat without a care for the world. Subtle moments like listlessly sitting on a bed really hones in on the apathy of that generation and also the mental breakdown of Curtis. If one were to look closely, one will realize that this film is more than about the death of a lead singer of a post-punk band. I absolutely loved it!