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Posted by martinteller on September 26, 2009

I’ve been a fan of The Who for roughly 25 years, and Quadrophenia is my favorite album by them.  So why did I wait so long to watch the movie?  I don’t have a good answer for that.  Maybe I was put off by Tommy, or maybe I just never thought the material would make a good film.  I dunno.  But at last I’ve gotten around to it, and I would say it’s one of the better rebellious youth pictures I’ve seen.  My complaints are minor.  Jimmy has the character trait of wanting to be a big fish in a small pond but being too insecure to really pull it off, and that’s a trait I find unappealing.  I just don’t like watching that type of person.  Fortunately it doesn’t dominate his character and only becomes manifest in a few scenes.  The other thing is that the Quadrophenia music feels incongruous with the period and the other songs, especially the synthesizer bits.  I love the music, but it doesn’t fit.  It’s also rather self-indulgent to make a movie about a guy who’s a fan of your music, but I guess that’s pretty much what Rock n’ Roll High School is, too.  Other than these small issues, the film is very dynamic and engaging.  In fact, the more I think about it, the more I like it and understand its cult appeal.  It reminds me a bit (especially with the ending) of Harold & Maude, but without all the hippie life lessons.  Although sometimes it’s somewhat hard to comprehend: the DVD is loaded with special features but doesn’t include subtitles (also non-anamorphic boooooo).  Rating: 9


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