Northern Soul (2014) - Drama, Music

Hohum Score

16

Watchable

Set in 1974, an authentic and uplifting tale of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Elaine Constantine
Stars: Elliot James Langridge, Steve Coogan
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 3 out of 29 found boring (10.34%)

One-line Reviews (12)

The narrative flow is a bit uneven and characters sometimes having little or no backstory, and the predictability of the story arc is somewhat uninspiring.

It's a pity that not the same amount of effort was put towards the drama aspect of the film as was put towards the music, the fashions, and the dancing, as it would then have felt a more cohesive whole, but it's churlish to pick such faults in what is otherwise an most enjoyable film.

Dialog, plot all of it weak, but captures the essence of the era in the look and feel quite well and the characterization of working class youth going nowhere.

Absolutely Awe Inspiring .

Rather than bore you with the plot which is covered in the synopsis get out and enjoy this film whether you like Northern Soul or not, great acting, vibrant, this is a joy of a film.

The main characters were recognisably mundane or unrecognisably over the top and the plot unfolded predictably.

It's such a specific phenomenon, it's fascinating in itself.

The second time I allowed myself to be immersed in everything on display, and it was even better.

The main defect, though, is that the main character, John, is a bit dull, played by an actor who is about ten years too old for the part - and often looks every minute of it - and whose accent is not 100% convincing.

Anyways it is a movie tackling an obscure time in music history, worth watching.

I love that film, fascinating story, gritty setting, incredibly strong, charismatic and superbly acted central characters.

A hugely enjoyable film .