I put this on when I'm comfortable. It makes me feel alright. I think that the filmmaker, Julian Temple tried to install that feeling into this film, by the use of the campfire scenes, where various friends of Joe Strummer sit around the fire and talk about the man, with tales both humorous and heartbreaking. And this DVD is truly heartbreaking. The home movies and early childhood photos of Joe Strummer are adorable. The Clash stuff in here is Epic. Say the Unsayable. Play the Unplayable. That pretty much sums the man up. That, and Punk Warlord. :-) Starts off kind of slow, with the whole assimilation of his early years, the 101'ers, etc., stuff which a person like me already has committed to memory. Once it hits Clash era, once again, most of the stuff they talk about I already knew, and the pictures shown did little to offer anything more to what I've already seen before. Not that it isn't monumental, but I was just kinda expecting more. And then when it hits Mescaleros territory, I'm pretty much lost and not caring, not really being a fan of that time in his Life. I saw the Mescaleros once. Absolute shite. It really was. And then, just as that much anticipated Clash reunion was about to happen, the one that had me (and millions of others) salivating at the lips at the thought of it happening, he slips away. The title of this DVD is so true. The Future Is Unwritten. Gawd damn that's so true it hurts. Despite it's few annoyances and gawd awful, what-is-he-doing-in here kind of moments (Bono... UGH!), this movie is an amazing piece of cinema, and a fitting epitaph of sorts to the genius that was Joe Strummer. Your Hero worship and Idolization starts here with this DVD. I can think of no one more worthy of it. No one.
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