Movie Review: The Dirt
Updated: May 27, 2019
The Dirt; So Many Dirty Hands
Have you ever wondered how Motley Crue got together? Have you ever wondered what type of shenanigans they got up to early in their careers? Then there is a book you can read to learn all about it or watch this movie too but that seems like a far less fun way to learn. As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 44%, Metacritic was at 37% and IMDB was at 71%.
Hey the guy from Game of Thrones, the one chemist from Breaking Bad, the depressed guy from SNL... that’s it that’s all I recognize. Machine Gun Kelly plays Tommy Lee and he does a great job. He obviously had real enthusiasm for the role and it shows.
The story of how Motley Crue became one of the most notorious rock bands in history! However, this movie will not be a shining spot in their history.
The music, of course, was well placed and a lot of fun. I have maybe only heard their songs on the radio so it was to dedicate some real ear time to them.
The moments where they break from the story and talk to the camera were surprising. I enjoyed it but also wanted more of it as it was too infrequent which made it jarring.
The actors seemed to be having as much fun as the rockers would have been. it was a little cartoonish at times but a dumb type of you kind of what in on after a few shots.
The darker moments seemed to come out of nowhere which was realistic. It’s all fun and games til someone dies.
This movie was apparently adapted from a 400 plus page book. Condensing that much material is a feat to say the least. They obviously focus on specific times in the band’s history but I felt that they focused on maybe some of the wrong stories. Do I really care about Tommy punching a super crazy groupie over how he met Pam?
This movie isn’t exactly clear with its timelines. At one point Tommy’s hair looks different and I realized oh are we in a new decade?
Is opening a movie showing a woman squirt a good or bad thing? haha
Why we should watch or not watch it:
If you want something on in the background with good music as you clean then heck yeah this is a great mindless movie. It was fun to watch a group of guys go nuts and have fun. Didn’t show women in the best light but groupies be groupies I guess?
I have been researching the band members since watching the movie and I may add the book to my reading list. This movie did leave me wanting to know more so they succeeded there.