One can only hope that the success of Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt (which hit Netflix on March 22nd) signifies a trend in movies that I’ve wanted to see for a long time.
I’m talking about the new trend which seems to be movies that rock. You know; Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman, and Straight Outta Compton – those types of movies. Ones that tell the stories of our favorite bands and musicians. They’re the kind of movies that VH1 conveniently decided weren’t in the interest of music lovers anymore – yet they used to put them out themselves regularly. They were so wrong about the current music fan and movie climate.
Rhapsody made Rami Malek a household name, scored oscars, and reminded us of how much we still love and appreciate Queen‘s music. We have yet to see how Rocketman will tell Elton John‘s story, but I’m guessing it’s going to be good. For true Mötley Crüe fans, The Dirt stuck closely to the book (which was released in 2001) and again reminded us of an era that was truly its own. The only cricitism that I’m seeing against The Dirt is that it just wasn’t long enough, and didn’t tell enough of the Crüe story – but I know why this happened: the book was released in 2001, and Mötley still had a career for fifteen years after that. So, yes, there was “a lot” left out – but in my opinon that was intentional. The movies does follow the book after all.
Does an uptick in movies based on music mean that production companies are going to release more of them? I sure hope so! I hope their critical and financial success will let them know that we want more. We want to celebrate these musicians who did amazing things with their careers.
My only question: can we have Aerosmith‘s story next?