AS biopics go, this is a ballsy move.
The rather brilliant Oasis documentary ‘Supersonic’ is barely a couple of years old and did a fantastic job of forensically pulling apart one of the most exciting bands Britain have spawned for a generation and putting it back together again.
At it’s heart was the agitation generated by the Gallagher brothers.
Noel, forever painted as the musical genius and sensible one, without whom none of it would have happened – and younger Liam, the yobbish, witty knuckle-dragger – talentless, but with a voice to die for – without whom none of it would have happened.
That film rinsed the legacy pretty well – and one hill I wasn’t prepared to die on was one in which a film documenting a relatively average solo career would be so entertaining.
Starting with the demise of Oasis (and yet another version of events) we follow Liam through the fallout – seeing him completely lost, skint, divorced and at his lowest ebb – then watch as the people around him slowly improve, the chips fall off his shoulders and a humbled, middle-aged man looking for a second chance emerges.
We get versions of events from the other brother, the mother, Bonehead, and various managers/partners – but lets be honest – we’re only here because we know what good value Liam is.
We’ve seen the quotes in magazines and heard the occasional outburst on radio – but they don;’t really tell the whole story.
He comes across as a genuinely funny, clever, utterly chaotic human being. The film is only 85 minutes long, but you’ll be exhausted.
There are many highlights and too many wonderfully foul-mouthed quotes to count – but seeing Liam ask David Beckham if “The Missus has kicked him out yet” or “And then I got an email from Chris Martin – I thought, what the f*** does he want?!” or him fooling around with his kids is a real treat.
As someone points out, the rift between the brothers is at the heart of everything Liam does – he’s clearly deeply hurt and misses Noel terribly – but don’t expect this to heal any rifts – he can be viciously caustic when he wants.
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Whilst it’s a blatant promotional tool for his second album, is as biased as you would imagine (it also wisely keeps the actual music to a minimum – Oasis songs are conspicuous by their absence – wonder who blocked that decision) it wears its heart on its sleeve and makes the most of Britain’s funniest pop star.
Borderline parody? Possibly – but Liam’s charm makes this quite irresistible.
Available on demand from Friday too, so you can catch it at home this weekend. As you were.
As It Was (15)