Spike Island (15)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Mon Jun 17 2013

Top one, nice one, get sorted. Yes, all the creakiest melon-twisting Madchester clichés are rolled out for this gushing tribute to the heady summer of 1990, when The Stone Roses reigned supreme and north-west England was the centre of the musical universe. Manc teenagers Tits (Matthew McNulty) and Dodge (Nico Mirallegro) are our Ian Brown/John Squire substitutes, singer and guitarist in a jangly indie outfit called Shadowcaster. They’re desperate to get to the Roses’s era-defining gig on the titular Cheshire indutrial site, but family strife, girl troubles and a lack of funds all conspire to frustrate their plans.

All of which would be perfectly enjoyable if director Mat Whitecross and screenwriter Chris Coghill weren’t determined to stuff the film with every lazy coming-of-age cliché in the book. Tits has a sick parent, Dodge a hopeless crush, another character’s father wants him to join the military (a routine that was already laughable when Bill & Ted did it), and it’s all overlaid with the clunkiest would-be-poetic voiceover.

‘Spike Island’ has the music on its side: slap the closing solo from ‘I Am the Resurrection’ over just about anything, and you’ve got guaranteed uplift. Whitecross’s direction is distinctive and the cast do their best with limiting material. But from the daft nicknames to the naff period references, from the drippy central love story to the shameless plays for audience sympathy, none of this ever feels remotely honest or real.

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15

UK release:

Fri Jun 21, 2013

Duration:

105 mins

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Craig Hartley

This Film is a Credit to Matt Whitecross and Chris Coghill and all involved in the making of the FIlm as this film shows how desperate teens are to get to the favourite bands concert, with great singing from Tits and great music from Dodge, I can not Critise this film what so ever.

Craig Hartley

This Film is a Credit to Matt Whitecross and Chris Coghill and all involved in the making of the FIlm as this film shows how desperate teens are to get to the favourite bands concert, with great singing from Tits and great music from Dodge, I can not Critise this film what so ever.

G Wimal

Really Brilliant! I was completely entertained throughout. The music was awesome. I totally disagree with the timeout review. I would advise anyone who enjoys good films to go see for themselves.

G Wimal

Really Brilliant! I was completely entertained throughout. The music was awesome. I totally disagree with the timeout review. I would advise anyone who enjoys good films to go see for themselves.

Mez

I absolutely loved this film. Had never heard of the stone roses but liked the idea of a coming of age story and was not disappointed at all! A huge range of emotions, I laughed, I cried, absolutely fab. Would recommend it to all- even if you don't know the stone roses!

Mez

I absolutely loved this film. Had never heard of the stone roses but liked the idea of a coming of age story and was not disappointed at all! A huge range of emotions, I laughed, I cried, absolutely fab. Would recommend it to all- even if you don't know the stone roses!

Cameron

Not sure if we were watching the same film. Main character Tits was played the brilliant Elliott Tittensor. Matthew McNulty played his brother. I do wonder whether the reviewer wasn't paying attention. A 5 star film.TOP ONE.

Cameron

Not sure if we were watching the same film. Main character Tits was played the brilliant Elliott Tittensor. Matthew McNulty played his brother. I do wonder whether the reviewer wasn't paying attention. A 5 star film.TOP ONE.

Leyla A

What a GREAT film. I completely agree that reviewer must have been in a bad mood that day. I went to see it on Saturday after reading positive reviews online. The story and the characters were so engaging... If anything I felt it was real to life. When I was 15 in my group of friends- one of my close friend’s parents had cancer, the other's parents were getting divorce. I think it would be unrealistic to say these things do not go on and dismiss a film on this basis.

Gigi

Absolutely loved this film!! Went to see it with a group of friends and we were all raving about it afterwards. We laughed, we cried.. it was brilliant. It really reminded me of falling in love for the first time and the challenges of being a teenager- negotiating your own ambitions with such intense friendships. Hadn't really heard to the stones roses before but the music was great. Fan or no fan of stone roses... I think this film will be loved.

Gigi

Absolutely loved this film!! Went to see it with a group of friends and we were all raving about it afterwards. We laughed, we cried.. it was brilliant. It really reminded me of falling in love for the first time and the challenges of being a teenager- negotiating your own ambitions with such intense friendships. Hadn't really heard to the stones roses before but the music was great. Fan or no fan of stone roses... I think this film will be loved.

Steve Neil

I think the critic was in a bad mood when they review this film. I was entertained from beginning to end. Some of the dialect is a bit tricky but so is Shakespeare. If your looking for a fun film that will not tax too much you but will touch you, this is the film for you and the soundtrack is brilliant.

Steve Neil

I think the critic was in a bad mood when they review this film. I was entertained from beginning to end. Some of the dialect is a bit tricky but so is Shakespeare. If your looking for a fun film that will not tax too much you but will touch you, this is the film for you and the soundtrack is brilliant.

Darren

Critics sound like they don't like it much, but I loved it. Saw the workprint so it can only get better. If you lived through the era you will love it.