The Rise And Fall Of The Clash Reviews
Features contrasting views and includes witnesses that have never been interviewed before. Suffers from the same old voices making the same old populist points.
Director Danny Garcia avoids an overdosed critique by concentrating on witnesses and participants rather than the disgruntled or tired media hacks.
There's a lack of a clear timeline but this is a minor point. There is also no reference to Top Risk Action Company or to the slate of songs that were replaced on the final album by fresher more electronic tracks.
It's left to Fayne, drum machine master to put the album in context and it is such insights that are too rare in the film.
A good backing selection of clash and clash related backing tracks add to the film. Some of the live video footage is totally misplaced in terms of periods under discussion but splicing rare strummer interviews into the film adds to the focus.
Ultimately Garcia fails in his original vision to rewrite the closing days of the clash and falls back in some part to a damning critique, I am sure influenced by the reasonable but negative comments of Nick Shepperd and Pete Howard.
It has the feel of an anti Bernie film with Bernie and his allies, Paul and Joe absent making it a one sided story.
Finally Vince White. His contributions lead one to conclude two things. His behaviour then and now suggests someone with serious mental health problems and his raving drunken incoherent rants should never have been included in the film.
If you're not a Clash fan you may find this film so niche it is for anoraks.