film review::Control: A Film By Anton Corbijn

I caught Anton Corbijn’s biopic Control, a couple of weeks ago while on sojourn in the city. Corbijn is famous for shooting such icons as Johnny Cash, U2, R.E.M., and Joy Division in magnificently strange and stark frame. Control takes Corbijn’s aesthetic and lends itself to this marvelously shot black & white print, which runs alongside a script that seeks to tell a no frills story of Ian’s overall struggle with his life during the Joy Division period. Compared to the emotional agony of Deborah Curtis’s “Touching From A Distance,” Control takes stoicism to a high and gives a look at Ian’s life as if you were viewing from opposite a thick wall of glass where the visuals are clear, but the true emotions have been disconnected. All in all, this is a film about Ian Curtis, and not the band Joy Division, but the actors do a great job of impersonating the band’s look, sound, and attitude. I enjoyed the film, but I am a long time fan of the band and that may make me biased. Although, throughout Control whenever there was a band scene I was reminded of just how amazing Joy Division was with respect to four guys, not just one, who made the most of their somewhat limited abilities and created a unique and treasured sound which still reverberates. Not to mention, the rest of the band went on to form New Order, who were no slouches either. Curtis was an iconic front man, but death has a way of overshadowing reality in the rock world, and almost always gives improper weight and description to an artist, because the finality of it all does much to cement a myth. While no one has suggested Ian Curtis died for punk rock, fans of the singer will surely want to role around in this beautiful film… …at least for one viewing.

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