Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
Critic Consensus: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll pays appropriately uninhibited tribute to a pioneering artist -- and proves Andy Serkis can be every bit as compelling in a non-motion-capture role.
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as Ian Dury
as Baxter Dury
as Bill Dury
as Denise Roudette
as Chaz Jankel
as Davey Payne
as Young Ian
as Sulphate Strangler
as Charlie Charles
as John Turnbull
as Mick Gallagher
as Norman Watt-Roy
Critic Reviews for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
This hard-nosed drama comes across like one of those BBC4 hatchet jobs on iconic Brits.
Stands up pretty well as a celebration of Dury.
The acting generally is first-class, but what holds the film together is the performance of Andy Serkis.
Andy Serkis uncoils a performance of spit, grit and wit so ferocious it only serves to starkly clarify how unremarkable and formulaic the rest of the movie is.
Serkis is such a live wire that the supporting actors (Olivia Williams, Naomie Harris, Ray Winstone) can do little but stand back in awe. It's the rare instance where such admiration is earned.
Audience Reviews for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Inside this strange little movie is a rather decent one. The editing style is a little out there, but it's mostly filled with a well casted, well done, well acted story. It is a story of a man who survived polio as a child, and became a punk rockstar. Serkis is good giving realistic grit to the self-absorbed leading man. I am a sucker for pics about musicians, and I found this to be an enjoyable one.
Andy Serkis gives a brilliant performance as Ian Dury, a rock star that managed to have a fairly successful career despite having caught Polio as a child and having a wife and two kids. Its his determination that makes the film so compelling as we see gigs, both good and bad, fights, tantrums and the sex, drugs and rock n roll of the title as we see Dury start a new relationshp, make lots of money, have relationships break down as well as trying to keep his family close. Its sometimes touching, fun and funny as well as being intense and dramatic in parts with good performances also from Naomie Harris and Olivia Williams. A great rock n roll drama.
A brilliant performance from Serkis and some interesting directorial flourishes make this an engaging watch, but a bit of a soulless experience. Dury comes off as a bit of a git, which he probably was, but that doesn't make it easy to relate to him and the film. Of course the music is great and it's got a stellar cast but trying to justify Dury's attitude was the consequence of a disturbed childhood is a bit of a cop-out and we've seen that done hundreds of times before on film.
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