I have a confession to make. Although I have been quite a big fan of Joy Division for a great many years, I have only just got round to watching, ‘Control’… Why I did not go to see it when it was first released I am not entirely sure; and when it came out on DVD it just became another one of those films that ‘I must get round to watching’.
Well, after finally getting to see ‘Control’ I was very, very impressed. I could tell within the first five minutes that it was going to be good because so many elements were right. The casting is superb, with Sam Riley putting in an excellent performance as Ian Curtis. There are some great bits of photography and watching the ‘Ian Curtis’ performing the songs was eerily authentic to say the least.
Anton Corbijn has done a truly magnificent job of transferring Deborah Curtis’ book (‘Touching From a Distance’) onto the screen. Filming it all in black and white was definitely the right thing to do; I just cannot imagine it have being filmed in colour. Some shots of the band are strongly reminiscent of old monochromatic Joy Division publicity shots.
As a film, I cannot fault ‘Control’. Any Joy Division fans will find it to be accurate, informative and thought-provoking. However, I do have a problem with Ian Curtis… He just comes across as being such a very selfish individual. I remember thinking exactly the same thing after reading the book years ago. There are (unfortunately) plenty of men who are so insensitive towards their wives and I was so disappointed to learn that Ian Curtis was one of them. However, this is just a case of me being disappointed to find that one of my idols was not a particularly nice person.
Hopefully, both the book and the film are completely wrong about that.
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