Controlis out, and yesterday my friends and I sat down with some Mike & Ike's for a cheery Sunday matinee with director/photographer Anton Corbijn's fictional Joy Division. My verdict? It was beautifully shot. My friends called this a cop-out, but I couldn't pinpoint what bothered me about Curtis' portrayal until my friend passed on Status Ain't Hood blogger Tom Breihan's Things I Learned Watching Control. "Coward" and "spineless worm" are the operative words. Curtis will always be a legendary musician to me, but like Breihan, and writer LD Beghtol, I vaguely hated him as a person at the end. And "vaguely" is the operative word there--his offenses and confusions are so typical (medical condition notwithstanding) of any 23-year-old, that the painful thing is watching him punish himself so brutally. It's unfortunate that the unravelling of a man with such talent would naturally give his already haunting music that much more poignancy.
Another tidbit passed on this morning is this video of Joy Division's 1978 appearance on Granada TV, performing "Shadowplay." Except for switching the song out for "She's Lost Control," the scene was recreated almost perfectly in Control. And if you want more still, I found this Guardian story on Ian's daughter Natalie's reaction to the film fascinating.