We’ve had Bohemian Rhapsody, Elton John movie Rocketman is out this summer and now released today on Netflix is the next big rock biopic in The Dirt. Based on the autobiography of the same name, the film charts Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame and all the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll of their 1980s heyday. The Dirt stars Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars, Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee and Daniel Webber as Vince Neil. The first reviews are in and they’re pretty average overall – here are some of the highlights.
This movie won’t win any awards. Nor should it. But for two hours it’s a nostalgic blast to sit back and revel in the idiocy of these glorious, big-haired jackasses.
Booth, Webber and Rheon possess similar abilities to navigate between charm and repulsion, all working together to create such a chummy group that their power as an ensemble elevates the material. Just like their real-life counterparts.
It’s by no means a must-see music biopic for those not as interested in Mötley Crüe but provides some divergence from the formula to be interesting.
New York Times
[A] tepid, incompetent biopic.
The Dirt really feels like a rushed product, something quickly and cheaply made to capitalize on the success of Bohemian Rhapsody only this time it’s unconvincing wigs in place of comically absurd false teeth.
It’s by no means perfect…But it’s one helluva ride. In places, it’s laugh-out-loud funny. It’s believable, in a way that many music biopics aren’t. It’s as good a film about appalling behaviour as you can imagine. If The Dirt had come out in 1986, I’d have loved it.
The Dirt is a biopic that has been released at the wrong time. The band might have lived life to the excess, but that doesn’t mean the movie had to.
Tremaine just doesn’t have enough time to piece together a cohesive history, delivering a full sense of Motley Crue’s reign. He’s better with crazy moments of unhinged rock god-ery, and The Dirt has many of them.
Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody received mixed reviews from the critics too.
However, the Queen movie was a huge hit among fans, taking $800,000 at the worldwide box office and breaking home release records.
And of course, Bohemian Rhapsody defied the odds by winning the most Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards – so who knows how the public will react to The Dirt?
The Dirt is streaming on Netflix now.