Friday, January 23, 2009
she's lost control
Alex and I watched "Control" last night. that bio-pic about Ian Curtis (lead singer of Joy Division). It was hard for me to feel any real sympathy for the guy in the end. I had watched another film a couple nights before called "24 Hour Party People" which was practically about the same thing. This film however was about Tony Wilson, the owner/creator of Factory records, the company which produced Joy Division, and then later New Order. In this movie, Curtis is portrayed as the character the audience feels almost sorry for. A musical genius misunderstood who finds this life too much and hangs himself in his home. I was actually sad after this.
But in "Control", we discover so much more about Curtis, and some of it isn't as "genius". He was married young, was in a post-punk band garnering a lot of attention, had a baby daughter, and a lover on the side, and oh yeah, epilepsy and all this happened before his life ended at 23 years old. The film made him seem a coward, and way too immature to have to deal with everything he created for himself so young. I still hold a lot of respect for how he shaped music history, but Ian Curtis the Man, is not someone I would look up to.