Reviewed byHolstareleven11Vote: 9/10/10
The brilliant display of talent, both of screenplay and writing wasmatched eloquently with the life of famous rock band INXS.
In particular, it was refreshing to see a balance between the storiesof the other band members entwined with the history of MichaelHutchence. The story was well considerate of all aspects of the bandsrise to fame, and perfectly incorporated them into an intricate web ofunmissable scenes that give the film substance and fluidity.
In addition, Luke Arnold (as Michael Hutchence)was so convincing, itbecame difficult to separate him from the real thing. Samantha Jade (asKylie Minogue) was another sensation to the cast, although not much inphysical likeness to Kylie, her portrayal and vocal ability wasremarkable. Jade was so professional in her portrayal that KylieMinogue herself congratulated the young star (via Twitter) for herrespectful depiction.
A fantastic production worth watching again. Part 2 should be wellworth the wait. 9 out of 10 stars.
Reviewed by ([email protected])Vote: 8/10/10
The story behind the phenomenon that was INXS is certainly fascinating,particularly given their basic beginnings in a country that producesmany great bands, but few that can reach such heights such as theFarriss Brothers and co. managed to ascend in the 1980's.
Without going into any sort of plot detail, as it merely follows theband's journey, it does bring home a few interesting points. Having acharismatic front man unquestionably contributed to their success, butwas not the sole reason behind it. It was the songs, consistently good,in most cases great, over many years. Most bands have a good album ortwo in them, few can brag as many as INXS did with a killer run,particularly with The Swing, Listen Like Thieves and Kick back to back.
The other thing that is apparent is how much luck is a factor. Timingwas crucial, as is the incredible hard work necessary. The Beatlesperfected their live shows in Hamburg while INXS did it all throughoutAustralia in a similar fashion. Never Tear Us Apart also shows how muchthe diligence of Manager Chris Murphy got them to where they were. Heapparently got a good deal but he was worth it. Others have noted howsuccess is hard work, talent and luck and it's the case here. Withmiddle age businessman running the show, you wonder how manyaccomplished bands have been overlooked (too many to name but Starkyand Fourth Floor Collapse being recent-ish Australian examples).
The actors do a great job, mostly not just looking the part, butsounding like their real life counterparts. I especially enjoyed AndrewRyan and Ryan Johnson but you couldn't ask for a better MichaelHutchence than in Luke Arnold. Across the board, he's done a wonderfuljob. (Caught a glimpse of Kirk Pengilly in a cameo. Any more in there?)
If there is any criticism it's the presence of the actual band hoveringover the production. You get the feeling they wanted everyone to knowhow much of a good time they had rather than showing anything toonegative. (No drug fallouts?) Plenty of that to come in Part Two nodoubt. It's a lot of fun though and they narrow in on the humour. (Nomention of Michael's extraordinary Dogs in Space role).
The series is successful as it leaves you wanting more, not less,always a good thing in any drama. Though it's played fairly safe thereis a healthy dose of archival footage, complete with actual vox poxwhich gives you a real insight into the feelings and opinions of theyouth of the day, rather than simple crowd shots of Wembley. It's allwoven together seamlessly and lovingly, no doubt sparking off a hugere- interest in a band who really do belong up there in the collectivememory as one of the best pop/rock bands of all time. Ending the waythey did, they were never able to fade away that lingering bands do,thus ensuring their longevity. Let's hope this series solidifies theirrightful place in history so that millions more can enjoy their musicin the years to come.
Reviewed byJake SinakoVote: 6/10/10
I liked the band, and was eager to see the movie, which neverthelessturned out to be a bit soap-operaish. For a movie that went two parts,I left feeling like the whole story of the band hadn't been told. Itwas more like here are the big moments, First Big US Tour, Bang!Wembley, Bang! and at times it verged on being the Michael HutchenceStory.
I know the band likes to play it up in their bio books, but I seriouslydoubt they were stealing Adam Ant's women. I was around for those showsback then, and believe me, for a while he was the biggest chick magnetgoing. Guess the guys feel compelled to create their own legends.Likewise I was amused at how the band apparently balked at opening forhim, kind of arrogant considering they were nobodies then (at least inthe U.S) and had a shot to play 5,000 seat arenas instead of 50 seatpubs.
Still, I watched it once, I'd watch it again just for the music. Thisoften replays late nights on cable, and it's a fun watch. Nice touchalso including the acoustic "Don't Change" tribute version (if youhaven't heard the original which also includes the haunting backgroundvocals give it a listen.)
The story of , their personal lives and their rise to fame from Australian pubs to stadiums all around the world.