By: Oberst Von Berauscht & Bill Leon (A Toast) –
-Oberst: An adaptation of the Rock Opera by The Who, the story focuses on Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels); a young adult growing up in London. Two major cultural movements divided the youth of England between the “Mods” and the “Rockers”. The Mods listen to Rock, R&B and Soul, and dress in suits, the rockers listen to older 1950’s style rock and dress in leather. Jimmy seems drawn to the Mod culture, but also wants to be individualistic.
-Bill L.: There is honest to god effort put forth in this movie and it speaks for itself. The use of music here is groundbrea
-Oberst: Many films deal with the coming of age struggle seen by teenagers, pre-teens, and children, but few focus on the challenges faced by 20-somethings. At this age many are entering career-path based jobs for the first time, and suddenly are expected to have responsibilities. These expectations can be overwhelming, and often can lead to outright disenchantment with society. The Quadrophenia story is one of youth in revolt, and director Franc Roddam has created a film perfectly capturing the spirit of that rebellion.
-Bill L.: The angst is palpable. Although the British-ne
-Oberst: Unlike Tommy (1975) which directly adapted The Who’s Rock Opera into a musical film, Quadrophenia takes a subtler approach. Many songs from the album are used, but are complemented by a host of music from other artists. Artists such as The Kingsmen, The Ronettes, and Booker T. & The M.G.’s perfectly set the film within the mid 1960s while never feeling like clichéd choices.
-Bill L: Sting is in this movie and he’s the coolest kid in town. All the girls want him and all the boys want to be him. Especially Jimmy…
-Oberst: At first, the decision to use less of The Who’s music might seem counterintuitive, but by not slavishly relying on The Who’s music to carry the weight, the actors are able to bring more emotion to the story. The plot remains fairly faithful to the album, but with newly written dialogue to propel the story. The screenplay focuses heavily on conversation, with the characterization of the youth feeling authentic to the time and place in which the film is set. At first some might be put off by the thickness of the English accents on display, but this is all part of setting the film’s tone of authenticity. The audience is dropped into a fully realized and alien culture which somehow manages to reflect their own youthful roots meaningfully.
-Bill L: Quadrophen
Take a Drink: whenever Jimmy pops Blue pills
Take a Drink: each time the Mods and the Rockers pick a fight with each other
Do a Shot: every time Jimmy does something rash