Soul Boys of the Western World

Movies, Documentary
3 out of 5 stars
Soul Boys of the Western World

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

This slapdash but endearing doc about the rise, fall and resurrection of '80s pop outfit Spandau Ballet is an inside job, packed with strong archive footage yet lacking anything you'd call truly incisive. It tells how north London brothers Martin and Gary Kemp along with Tony Hadley, Steve Norman and John Keeble fused a love of soul and punk with an urban grammar school confidence to become a one-hit wonder in the US—but huge elsewhere.

The old footage is often great—the boys lounging in the Bahamas or being interviewed by inane journalists at the height of their success ("Do you have thoughts on the Soviet Union?")—and their banter sometimes hits a Spinal Tap-level of unwitting self-parody. The band's slow decline and inevitable battle in the courts are dealt with too swiftly, and the climactic reunion is a bit of a whiff. Still, aging fans will appreciate ample shots of the boys half-naked in their twenties, before the arrival of middle-aged spread and clenched-teeth TV appearances.



Release details

Release date:
Wednesday April 29 2015
110 mins

Cast and crew

George Hencken