17 May 2017 | MrDHWong
A so-so look into the life of an ageing punk rocker
Ordinary World is a comedy drama starring Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in his first leading role. Written and directed by Lee Kirk (The Office), the film is a so-so look into the life of an ageing punk rocker and features a fun acting turn from the lead singer and guitarist of Green Day.
In 1995, Perry Miller (Billie Joe Armstrong) was the frontman of a popular punk rock band "The Skunks". Fast forward to 20 years later and Perry now works at his family's hardware store with his younger brother Jake and is married with two children. As he approaches 40, Perry feels like he is having a midlife crisis and tries to reignite his passion for playing music, despite his adult responsibilities constantly getting in the way.
The film is a typical midlife crisis affair and offers little to the audience that hasn't been seen before. It plays off more as a means to get Billie Joe Armstrong's acting career started. Billie Joe, however, is actually quite a good leading man and he manages to give a convincing performance as an ageing former punk rocker and thankfully adds enough of his on-stage quirkiness to prevent the film from becoming boring. There are some nice scenes of his character trying to come to terms with not being "cool" with today's younger music fans and told to "get a real job" by his in-laws. The songs, both composed exclusively for this film and some older music from Green Day, are nice additions to the soundtrack and certainly suit the overall tone of the movie.
I rate it 6/10