This was a bit of an impulse purchase in December/January. I saw it in Cex for £1.50 and figured it was worth checking out for that price. I really like the album of the same name (the music of which is heavily featured in the film), plus it has Cassie from Skins, playing another character called Cassie. And it has Josie Long pop up for an incredibly brief cameo.
I hadn’t been expecting much of it, as reviews are pretty mixed, but that probably helped me to enjoy it more. It’s a little strange in some places – it’s not always clear how much of the musical bits are actually meant to be happening – but it kinda doesn’t matter, you just take it and enjoy it for what it is. I can see it being quite divisive in that you’ll either appreciate and enjoy the somewhat-twee tone of it, or you really won’t. Personally I liked it. It’s nothing revolutionary or must-see, but it’s a pleasant way to pass a couple of hours.
Here are the notes I took whilst watching it:
- This film’s already done a better job of capturing live music than 9 Songs did
- Josie Long!!
- This is pretty much how I’d have imagined it would be for this album to come to life
- I was just wondering when Perfection As A Hipster was going to pop up. It’s my fave on the album.
- I want to be that old lady when I’m older
- Cassie’s so like Cassie
- That’s a pretty cool chippy
- Ha ha, what the hell?
- Hee hee, sperm scientists
- Wait, what?
- It’s hard to know how much of this is actually meant to be happening. You kinda just gotta go with it.
- Why does she like that guy?
- Not sure what I think of that as an ending.