This listing is for Still Crazy VHS Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall.
Actors: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, Bill Nighy
Directors: Brian Gibson
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Producers: Amanda Marmot, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Steve Clark-Hall, Tarquin Gotch
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
Rated: R - Restricted
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: Sony Pictures
VHS Release Date: January 11, 2000
Run Time: 95 minutes
It's an incredibly fun portrait of an aging rock band reliving their glory days. It follows the basic narrative trajectory that you would expect from this type of film, which is a good and a bad thing. It's good because it works with a tried-and-true formula that is entertaining, but also a little disappointing because it doesn't go out of its way to try anything new or outside-the-box. That being said, it executes the concept very well and benefits from revolving around a fictional band so that it doesn't have to be a slave to formula and history.
The characters in the band (including the roadie) created by the principal actors were outstanding, and some of the best work I've seen from these people. They include Bill Nighy as the lead singer, Timothy Spall as the drummer, Stephen Rea as the keyboardist and Billy Connolly (of all people) as the roadie. They (and the other band members whose names I'm not familiar with) were all fully fleshed out and quite funny, perhaps none more so than Timothy Spall who has this great running gag which I won't spoil. They also had great chemistry onscreen and made it seem like they had known each other for years. Last, but not least, the music in this film was amazing. All of it was original and I'm pretty sure that it was performed by the cast as well. The only time when the film falters, in my opinion, is the few moments in which it tries to be a little too sentimental. Again, it's par for the course when considering what genre this is, but it didn't completely work for me. Still, the finale was genuinely touching and mostly made up for the previous missteps. Overall, STILL CRAZY does suffer a bit from following the typical plot mechanics, but the performances and music are enough to highly recommend it.
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