Mötley Crüe on the small screen

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The Dirt, a Netflix original that charts the rise and fall and rise of legendary glam rockers Mötley Crüe, is a remarkably tame adaptation of one of the wildest stories in music history. The film presents the band’s horrible behavior and the tragedies of their own lives; you’ll see various members of Mötley Crüe hit women, kill another musician in a car accident, die (temporarily) from a drug overdose, suffer from arthritis, and lose a child to cancer.

The band, made up of singer Vince Neil (Daniel Webber), guitarist Mick Mars (Iwan Rheon), bassist Nikki Sixx (Douglas Booth), and drummer Tommy Lee (Machine Gun Kelly), are all played like lovable scamps who just can’t say no to another woman or another line of Blow. Director Jeff Tremaine makes a accurate portrayal of all the wild moments in the band’s history.        

The film is based on the book with the same name, where you get a look at what happens when three guys who get everything they’ve ever wanted.

How are the actors? I can only give you one answer–they’re fine I guess. Douglas Booth, as Nikki, plays his corrupted spirit as well as the script allows him to, but he lacks Nikki’s spirit and hard headedness. If anything, he looks more like Freddie Mercury. Daniel Webber, as Vince, is the closest visual match, and he captures how a lead singer lives in his own bubble, I enjoyed his character the most. Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee, makes Tommy the metal-head he was but also shows his iconic happy close-family side, but somewhat lacks his edge. Iwan Rheon, as Mick Mars, the group’s straight-shooter, is one of the more accurately acted portrayals in the movie, maybe because he’s the only one not defined by his bad behavior.

Directed by Jeff Tremaine, I thought the movie was very entertaining, It’s a wild ride and takes you through all the highs and lows of coming up as rock stars in the 80s. It shows you how the standard iconic rockstar behavior was set in place by Mötley Crüe. Halfway through the movie it takes a rather dark turn where the characters face their own morality and their lives fall apart. Vince gets into a car accident while intoxicated and it ends up killing his musician friend, then finds out his daughter has terminal cancer and passes away a couple months later. Tommy Lee gets caught cheating on his wife, and Nikki six OD’s on heroin and flatlines but luckily survives. After all of this the band gets back together and they make a legendary comeback

While this movie has its flaws it is a truly a historic story of one of the most notorious rock bands of all time. I suggest you watch this movie if you are a fan of Mötley Crüe., I would rate this movie 8/10.