Absolute Beginners

1986

Action / Drama / Fantasy / Musical / Romance

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IMDb Rating 5.6 10 2770

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David Bowie as Vendice Partners
Bruno Tonioli as Maltese Lodger
Carmen Ejogo as Carmen
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813.07 MB
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1hr 48 min
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1hr 48 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Martin Bradley 8 / 10

Cult material

Like Francis Ford Coppola's "One from the Heart", "Absolute Beginners" thrives on the artifice of the big Hollywood musicals of the fifties when this film is set, (it's based on Colin MacInnes' cult novel), but director Julien Temple is no Coppola and while this does have several sublime moments there are perhaps just not enough of them, (it's certainly uneven), and the young leads, Eddie O'Connell and Patsy Kensit, are terrible. However, on the plus side, the sheer artificiality works for, rather than against, the picture, there are a couple of good supporting turns, (James Fox, David Bowie, a surprisingly good Ray Davies), and it has a terrific score by Gil Evans. It also has a tendency to resemble a series of great music videos with big chunks of clunking narrative in-between. The 'Keep Britain White' ending, however well-intentioned, is an uneasy mix of seriousness, 'West Side Story' choreography and Walpurgisnacht. It was never going to be a hit but, like the novel, it has definitely built up a cult reputation.

Reviewed by Alyssa Black (Aly200) 4 / 10

A Lack of Depth and Little Story

Being a fan of most musicals I expected a fun story with hopefully catchy songs. Alas this outing proved to be a disappointment in more fields than one.

The film's story is meant to tell the story of a young photographer's romance with a nightclub singer and his corruption by a greedy advertising agent. And then there's some subplot about racial tensions escalating to rioting. Sadly the story immediately falls flat on impact as soon as the protagonist begins his voice-over of the film's events.

The performances of Eddie O'Connell and Patsy Kinset are particularly painful as their romantic chemistry is clearly lacking. Kinset comes off as whiny at the worst times or she is completely uninterested in interacting with her fellow actors. Her big song early in the film is instantly forgettable as she repeats the song's title over and over that it is maddeningly irritating. O'Connell as well is not much of an actor as he speaks his lines with a lack of passion; like just reading the script without emotion. His own singing is also unremarkable like Kinset's; lack of passion or real talent in the art.

Terribly unused and meant to be a major player in the film is David Bowie as the corrupt Vendice Partners. Given Bowie's proved acting abilities in the past, the filmmakers seemed to have discarded this detail except for Bowie's songwriting ability and terrific vocals. Bowie wrote the film's title song that plays over the opening credits and is the film's only memorable musical number and has his own musical number within the narrative. Sadly the performance and musical sequence is utterly forgettable after the film's end which is a crying shame for the gravitas that David Bowie brings to his film performances.

If you want an example of how not to do a musical, this is a sure bet.

Reviewed by FlashCallahan 3 / 10

I've nothing much to offer.......

Nineteen year old Colin is trying to find his place in life. He believes in equality for all, regardless of race, colour, creed, sex or sexual orientation.

He has nothing against money, but doesn't like what some people have to do to obtain money, or what money does to people. He loves Suzette, and she loves him, but is focusing on her career as a fashion designer.

Colin drops his principles to do work for money to impress Suzette, as a photographer. Through this process, Colin finds that he ends up being the public spirit of the London teenager.

But that work takes him from his own ideals, from which he may not be able to escape to find his way back to his self and to Suzette...........

Somewhere in this pile of rubbish, is a wonderful work of genius trying to get out, and despite the fact that Temple is an artist in his own right,Mathis is a failure of epic proportions.

And it's a crying shame, because there are some flashes of genius between the tiresome, tawdry dance scenes, and the first ten minutes really does build you up for something special.

And that's the problem, just when you think its in danger of getting boring to the point of wanting to turn it off, a set dazzles you, or Lionel Blair pops up in a cameo, and this is how the film is for it's running time.

Kensit and O'Connell are impressive as the Romeo and Juliet of the story, but the addition of some wonderful side characters such as Ed The Ted, and The Fanatic, leave them waiting in the sidelines just looking pretty.

And then we have the Notting Hill Race Riots depicted using the medium of dance. Is this a flash of genius, or just pretentious prattle prattle aiming to challenge?

It doesn't challenge, it baffles, because something that affected so many back in the fifties, has been resorted to the jitterbug.

Like I've said, there are some flashes of genius, but at the end of the day, it just feels too pretentious for its own good.

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