The Dirt. A fantastic book of debaucherous shenanigans and now an epic film.
The hedonistic activities of 80s rock band Mötley Crüe made them almost as famous as their music and the film is a rollercoaster of sex, drugs and rock and roll depicted by four great actors who quite frankly smashed the **** out of it.
At times, it’s a hard watch. When Vince Neil crashes his car the potentially devastating consequences of drink driving are hard to ignore. That scene where Ozzy Osbourne licks up Nikki Sixx’s piss is also difficult to watch without feeling ill – yes, he actually did that, Ozzy also snorted ants. Hard core.
Douglas Booth (Nikki Sixx) was suitably beautiful and played the part with a raw energy that characterised the bassist with a befitting heir of recklessness.
Iwan Rheon, who plays Mick Mars, was subtle throughout and portrayed the ever so slightly more controlled member of the group well, although I was left wanting more of him.
Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) plays the gangly Tommy Lee with energy and quirk. He wasn’t my favourite character but he certainly made for an entertaining watch.
Daniel Webber’s performance as Vince Neil was touching which, considering his outrageous behaviour, was quite surprising.
I’ve read some other reviews and don’t agree that the film lacked heart. The relationships between the band members could have been explored further but with all the hotel smashing, nakedness and Vince’s activities with various sexual partners, I’m not surprised they couldn’t fit it in.
Even though the Crüe’s behaviour would, to any normal person, seem completely insane, you do find yourself on their side and the explicit scenes of drug use and promiscuous sex doesn’t put you off.
Watching Nikki Sixx destroy himself with heroin is rather uncomfortable but I found myself rooting for him throughout and my love for the rock star remains solid.
There is, of course, a healthy dollop of Mötley Crüe’s music throughout, reminding us all that they weren’t just a bunch of reprobates, they were pioneering musicians.
The ending a bit cheesy and for me didn’t go with the tone of the rest of the film. It also felt abrupt. After their sober tour, I was almost expecting it all to slide into mayhem again but instead it just finished.
I give it four and a half well deserved stars.