Monday, 4 July 2011

Control - REVIEW

Film of the Day #131/ 300

Photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn, perfectly captures the essence of the legendary and influential cult band Joy Division and its tragic lead singer Ian Curtis, in the visually mesmerizing Control. A compelling portrait of life and art, Control is a hauntingly poetic masterpiece thanks to its evocative black and white cinematography. Sam Riley delivers a sensational performance that rather than mimics Curtis, is more a recreation of another human being. Corbijn makes us achingly aware of the singer's talent, the haunting poetry of his songs and how, living in the gloomy culture he did, his passing was virtually inevitable. Even those not familiar with Joy Division will still appreciate the heart and soul of this beautiful film.