HipZOMJoint Movie Review: The Dirt

80’s hair metal. The last time men were men, rocking out, getting girls, and causing chaos. Strap yourselves in millennials because this isn’t that sappy pussy music you’ve been spoon fed by your parents. Nor is it politically correct in anyway. No this is balls to the wall metal!

The Dirt is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Jeff Tremaine from a screenplay by Rich Wilkes, about glam metal-band Mötley Crüe. The film stars Douglas Booth, Colson Baker, Daniel Webber and Iwan Rheon.

The film is based on the book The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Neil Strauss. It is a roller coaster ride of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. The film delves into the varied lives of the band members. Nikki Six is the central character looking for a family to be a part of; Tommy Lee is a sex crazed drummer looking for a band; Mick Mars is looking for a band to give his life meaning ever since he found out he’s suffering from a de -habilitating disease; and finally you have Vince Neil the singer who appears to have it all.

However, despite the ecstasy of success, the band falls to various vices, namely drugs. Hard partying and harder living takes its toll and they break up, get back together, break up, and then get back together.

Machine Gun Kelly aka Colson Baker does a remarkable job as a young Tommy Lee. The rapper turned actor fully embodies the role of Lee from his walk to his mannerisms. Another stand out is Iwan Rheon (who Game of Thrones fans will remember as Ramsay Bolton) does a fantastic job as the dry witted Mick Mars.

The film does a pretty spot on recreation of the band’s performances and even famous run-ins with David Lee Roth and Ozzy Osbourne. The only big criticism I had with the film (which is a real nitpick) is when the actors would break the fourth wall and directly speak into the camera. It was reminiscent of what Zack Morris would do from Saved By The Bell. It was distracting and killed any bit of tension or mood the film was going for.

With that said, HipsterZOMBIEJoint gives Netflix’s The Dirt a solid 7 out of 10.

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