Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
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The most powerful documentary I've seen all year, and one of the two or three best films ever made about an artist or musician.
The New York Times
The film is much more than a biography of the Clash’s guitarist and lead singer: It’s history, criticism, philosophy and politics, played fast and loud.
Captures the Joe Strummer who, in the late 1970s, just about firebombed the rock establishment with his fury.
The A.V. Club
Temple introduces viewers to Strummer the punster, Strummer the womanizer, and Strummer the poseur, whom his mates could only really talk to when no one else was around.
Los Angeles Times
The film is a rigorously thorough biography and an impassioned accolade. Temple spends as much time on Strummer's life before and after the Clash as he does charting the band's powerful musical and political influence.
At its best, it throbs with immediacy, just as Strummer did.
New York Post
Compelling viewing, even for people who don't care a bit for the punk scene.
Temple's engrossing portrait of the Clash's late frontman uses endlessly suggestive montage to show how he kept punk's precepts alive, even after he left the music and eventually the earth itself.
New York Magazine (Vulture)
At least the movie never bogs down. But you only get a taste of what made the Clash for a brief period the most exciting band on that side of the Atlantic.
TV Guide Magazine
Thirty years down the line, not everyone looks as they once did, so even fans will have trouble putting names to aged faces. Newcomers, meanwhile, will feel hopelessly shut out.
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