England Is Mine

2017

Biography / Drama / Music

17
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 47%
IMDb Rating 6 10 1256

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Jessica Brown Findlay as Linder Sterling
Jack Lowden as Steven Patrick Morrissey
Peter McDonald as Peter Morrissey
Simone Kirby as Elizabeth Morrissey
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by amagjunk 9 / 10

Morrissey is not Hollywood!

I guess people give this movie a crappy review because it's not your average Hollywood movie. It's not a Hollywood movie. It rises above that. It makes you work a bit, and it lasts long when you return to the music of Morrissey.

I loved the music of The Smiths and Morrissey in the 80s and 90s. I was just a kid. The music was cool and it bombarded the airwaves. As I grew older, I paid much more attention to the lyrics and was surprised how arrogant, cynical, and depressing the lyrics could be. As a kid, I just liked the melodies of songs like "Ask" "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" and "Girlfriend in a Coma". I liked Morrissey's voice too. After paying more attention to the lyrics, I had much more respect for the music. It is bloody brilliant.

With respect to what Morrissey brought to the music with his lyrics and smooth crooning, this movie attempts to dig deep into the soul of Steven Patrick Morrissey, which is a daring venture, considering his worldwide droves of competing and critical followers. I believe this movie accomplished its goal.

The naysayers will argue that the movie is boring and vague, or that the filmmaker's representation is unflattering and noxious to the legend that is Morrissey. To them I can only say, "Go back and listen to the lyrics that create a window through which you might understand who Steven Patrick Morrissey was and really is."

Reviewed by Zkot Pen 8 / 10

Tedious... as it should be!

My criteria for movies:

Do I believe the characters? Yes. Do I care about the characters? Yes Do I believe the story? Yes Do I care about the story? Absolutely

I struggled a little through the first half of the movie, finding it tedious, slow, and a little difficult to become engaged in. As I watched, however, I realized that this is Morrissey we're talking about -- someone whom one of the indie/alternative radio stations in America constantly referred to as "Miserable Morrissey". Very slowly, but surely, everything began to make sense in Morrissey's environment and how his experience shaped him into one of the great lyricists of pop music: No way out of the drab working class existence, with a local music scene that says nothing to anybody about their lives, and simply a unique person trying to fit in to a type-cast world. From that backdrop, Morrissey finds some semblance of salvation in poetry and music, friends and family.

I suspect the low IMDB score -- currently 6.1 out of 10 -- may in part be due to the slow pace and the fact that Morrissey almost never smiles. But that's what's so good about the movie -- in the final analysis, it makes me a believer.

The Smiths-less soundtrack is excellent as is the cinematography, the latter adding to the gloomy, grey, drab feel of life in Manchester and its working class. The poetic element, where Morrissey and his friend frequently practice their poetic chops together complements the soundtrack perfectly well.

"England is mine" has its flaws here and there, but nothing so significant as to tarnish a very good, captivating movie. 8 of 10.

Reviewed by Mark Turner 6 / 10

Morrissey Before Morrissey

Fans of popular music know that the tunes change with the times and so do the tastes of those listening. What was once popular suddenly falls out of grace and the next big thing is introduced. Over the years a person can alter their preferences and that's fine, never leaving behind completely what they once enjoyed. That being said exposure to new music is a must for the real music lover.

The 60s had brought us the pop sound as delivered by the Beatles. The 70s had two genres, disco which is now hated (yet still exists) and punk which while influential really wasn't around all that long. Then in the 80s we had the synthesized music of power pop. So those bands would be the ones considered most influential right? Wrong. Read any blog, book or article and what many consider to be the most influential band of the time is The Smiths.

For myself I never heard much by the band until decades later. So to read they were considered the most influential band in polls and their albums were among the top 500 in Rolling Stone Magazines poll kind of surprised me. Though since it was RS perhaps it shouldn't have since they rarely choose the most popular music to promote. But in reading about the bad after watching ENGLAND IS MINE it brought a better understanding of the film to me.

Steven Morrissey (Jack Lowden) is a young man growing up in Manchester, England in the 70s. Withdrawn and a loner, he goes out to listen to music at night and then posts his reviews in the local music newspapers. His father wants him to get a job, his mother wants him to follow his passion for writing and he...well he doesn't quite know what he wants to do.

A friend eggs him on to pursue his passion for writing, especially the poetry he puts forth. He writes constantly in booklets that he carries with him everywhere. But he can't seem to figure out the outlet to let lose his words. Instead he takes an office job where he continues to be picked on by co-workers and is bullied by his boss. He hates it but has to make a living.

On his nights out he meets Linder Sterling (Jessica Brown Findlay), a college student and aspiring artist who thinks he's one of the more insightful writers when it comes to his views on music. They strike up a friendship and are inseparable. Until Linder has the opportunity to move to London to pursue her dreams. She encourages Steven to do the same and he finally breaks down and joins with local guitarist Billy Duffy (Adam Lawrence) to start writing songs.

His shyness and inability to be comfortable in social situations continues to plague Steven preventing him from performing. But a final push results in his finally taking the stage and discovering he actually enjoys it. But things happen that throw his life into another downward spiral. Yes, we viewers know what became of Steven Morrissey but the film allows us a behind the scenes glimpse of how he got there.

Fans of The Smiths won't be thrilled with this film. The movie offers little to none of their music and barely touches on their existence. Instead its focus is on Morrissey himself and what brought about his journey to live performing and how his life experiences were what were the basis of the words he brought to the table. One almost feels as if there could be a trilogy of films about his life beginning with this one, moving to his time with The Smiths and ending with his solo career.

The controversies, the legal battles and the popularity of Morrissey's life are not even touched on in this film. Instead we remain in those formative years. While watching I kept wondering about the film. All biopics tend to play it fast and loose with the facts. Here we see his mother supporting him in every way imaginable. If that was the reality then the woman should be hailed for being one of the best mothers out there.

The performances by all are well done and leave you hoping to see more from all of the cast members here, none standing out above the rest. While Lowden may be the star and center of attention he leaves room for the other actors to play with and off of his character. He does a great job of changing his physical appearance from the start to the finish and with each new incarnation his mannerisms change as well. But to offer that sort of performance while still being generous to your co-stars is something worth noting.

Filled with plenty of music from the 60s and 70s that influenced Morrissey the only thing lacking are those Smith's tunes. But since his formation of the group is only glimpsed in the final scene it is not to be.

One thing I found interesting and will note is the montage at the end of the film. Director Mark Gill takes us shot by shot to the various sets and location scenes where the entire story took place, unoccupied by characters or people at all. It makes you focus on all that has come before, each place having a special meaning in the life of the character. It was a nice touch that brings the entire thing around and helps the viewer to focus. All in all a good movie and one fans of Morrissey will enjoy.

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