Well, here it is, the long-awaited and highly anticipated Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt is now finally streaming on Netflix.
For those of you that have been living under a rock for the last 30 years, the movie is based on the band’s book of the same name. And from what we’ve just seen, we’d have to say it’s up there as one of the most in your face biopics ever. If it wasn’t before, as of now, Mötley Crüe’s legacy as the patron saints of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll is totally carved in stone.
This isn’t your average Disney movie, far from it. From the get-go, it’s a look into the lives of one of the world’s most insane bands EVER. Sex, drugs, violence, a little more sex and then….. well, you get the picture.
Right from the off you’re taken into one of Crüe’s legendary parties from back in the day, with drummer Tommy Lee and a female friend taking, shall we say, center stage.
Machine Gun Kelly is totally convincing as the sex, drink and music-fueled drummer Tommy Lee, in fact, Kelly’s body shape and looks really do allow the viewer to almost forget that this isn’t Tommy playing himself. Even Kelly’s drumming skills are pretty darn impressive, again you kind of forget that it’s not the man himself at the kit which is high praise indeed.
A well as the sordid tales of sex and drugs, the Mötley Crüe story is one of real tragedy. Singer Vince Neil was driving the car that crashed and caused the death of Hanoi Rocks drummer, Razzle, and we have to say the movie addressed this with no candy coating at all.
A lot of the focus of the movie is on Nikki Sixx’s heroin addiction. His dependency and use of drugs and alcohol are shown in the movie, and sure, it’s without doubt toned down, but you really do get a sense of the bass players downward spiral and his addiction’s slowly but surely getting more and more out of control.
Now when we say that Sixx’s addiction was out of control, we meant it, but, the movie takes it one step further by introducing Sixx’s kindred spirit, and fellow drug abuser, Ozzy Osbourne. In one particular scene from the movie, Ozzy is in the middle of a serious bender when he meets up with Sixx. He had already offered cash from his ass to an elderly couple and is seen stumbling around in a dress, enter stage right, Nikki Sixx. The drug-fueled pair go on to snort ants, lick piss, lick up other people’s piss, oh and do lots of drugs, lots of them! As a side note, Tony Cavalero, who plays the part of Ozzy, totally nails it.
Director Jeff Tremaine shows us a side to the music business that isn’t so glamorous, yes the movie is sometimes graphic, and of course, it’s R Rated, but that’s what you get with a band like Mötley Crüe. Tremaine, (who by the way is a fan of the band), also nailed the look and feel of their rise to fame. We are transported back in time to the bands old Sunset Strip shows, the making of their music videos and a backstage look at their arena tours. It’s all there, from the boys hamming it up for the camera, right down to the seriously massive amounts of hairspray used to create their trademark look.
The cast deserves a serious thumbs up also. It’s obvious to see that they have gone to great lengths to nail the glam gods, and by the way, Iwan Rheon is fantastic in his portrayal of Mick Mars.
Overall the movie is a really good representation of the life of the monster that is Mötley Crüe. Sure, they skim over a few highlights (Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson) but The Dirt ends on a serious high with Vince Neil rejoining in time for a huge money making arena tour.
The book came out in 2001, and Director Jeff Tremaine stayed true to that. Eighteen years have since past and we’ve got one thing to say, sequel anyone?
You can catch The Dirt on Netflix.