Pistol: Danny Boyle's Sex Pistols biopic is praised by fans
Pistol: Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols biopic is praised by fans who hail show as ‘funny’ and ‘real’ (but controversial series is also dubbed corny by some viewers)
The long-awaited Sex Pistols biopic has been praised by viewers who have hailed the show as ‘funny’ and ‘real’.
Based on the memoir of guitarist Steve Jones, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the series explores the rise and fall of the seminal band as they made their lasting mark on music and punk.
The show premiered on FX On Hulu on Tuesday and many viewers quickly took to social media to voice their thoughts on its depiction of the band.
Reception: The long-awaited Sex Pistols biopic has been praised by viewers who have hailed the show as ‘funny’ and ‘real’ (L-R: Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Anson Boon as John Lyndon, Toby Wallace as Steve Jones)
Giving a positive review, one viewer said: ‘Watched the first three episodes of Danny Boyle’s new show Pistol there and so far it’s pretty good.
‘Actors are good, sets are good and it doesn’t try to be too much in [manager] Malcolm [McLaren]’s mind.’
Another said: ‘Just finished Pistol. It was funny, crude and heartbreaking. The whole cast was great.
‘Sydney Chandler was absolutely brilliant as Chrissie Hynde. I’m blown away that this is her first major acting role.’
Story: Based on the memoir of guitarist Steve Jones, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the series explores the rise and fall of the seminal band as they made their lasting mark on music and punk.
Another viewer who has been enjoying the show so far is comedian Jonathan Ross who tweeted: ‘I hated the trailers and was fully prepared to squirm through this. But two episodes in I am LOVING’.
Another added: ‘Emotional, funny, real, couldn’t turn it off once I started watching.’
One fan added: ‘Thoroughly enjoyed opening two episodes of Pistol – great casting for the band.’
However, reception wasn’t all positive and some viewers were left unimpressed with the show.
One viewer said: ‘The best way to describe Pistol is corny. It’s not the worst thing ever made. It does a job. It’s OK, but man alive, it’s corny.
Positive: One viewer said: ‘Just finished Pistol. It was funny, crude and heartbreaking. The whole cast was great’
‘Takes the story such as it is and goes full corn ball on it. A corny old vehicle.’
Another watcher added: ‘Pistol really just isn’t very good. How did Danny Boyle make this story so boring?’
Another viewer gave an evening more damning review, writing: ‘Dear God it’s awful. Watched 2 eps of Pistol and I won’t be returning to it. It’s just so blah which is bad considering the subject matter!’
Pistol also received a bout of mixed reviews from TV critics ahead of its release on the streaming service.
Negative: One unimpressed viewer said: ‘Pistol really just isn’t very good. How did Danny Boyle make this story so boring?’
The Daily Mail’s TV critic Christopher Stevens gave the biopic a respectable four stars, but argued that the series was a ‘myth’ and ‘music history reimagined for the American market’.
But while the critic argued the untrue nature of the miniseries, he also assured: ‘That doesn’t matter, because Pistol isn’t aimed at anyone who actually remembers London in the decrepit era of Harold Wilson’s government.’
Christopher also accused the miniseries of ‘packing the story with famous names’ and focusing on the romantic aspect of their story.
But praising the casting of Anson Boon, who portrays John Lydon (Johnny Vicious), he described the character as ‘hypnotic’.
Biopic: The show premiered on FX On Hulu on Tuesday and many viewers quickly took to social media to voice their thoughts on its depiction of the band (Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Anson Boon as John Lyndon, Toby Wallace as Steve Jones and Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious)
But IndieWire’s Steve Greene sent the biopic down in flames with a C- rating, describing it as ’empty’ as he noted the exceptions were ‘a few bright sparks’.
Touching on the decision to base the biopic off of Steve Jones’ memoir, Greene disagreed with the angle, writing: ‘This show also has the fundamental problem of perspective, being inherently filtered through the perspective of the band’s least compelling member.’
‘It feels like even more of a failure to see a show about the Sex Pistols — a quintessential “fake it til you make it” rock story — fall back on so many of the story beats reserved for bands with a more conventional origin story,’ he continued.
Turning things around, Greene did agree that Anson Boon’s performance brought the story to life, explaining: ‘Where most of the show feels inert as it’s dragged into mopeyness or frivolousness, Boon finds a way to mine the fertile ground in between.’
Not the real thing: The Guardian ‘s Phil Harrison said that ‘the actors simply aren’t grubby or delinquent enough to pull it off’ compared to the band (the Sex Pistols pictured in 2002)
The Guardian’s Phil Harrison was conflicted over the new release, gushing over the ‘new’ concept from Boyle, but questioning the script and depiction from the cast.
He wrote: ‘The angle feels relatively new – Jones’s (Toby Wallace) perspective has been explored less than Sid Vicious’s and Johnny Rotten’s, and his abusive childhood is evoked in all its claustrophobic grimness.
‘But there’s an earnestness to the script and performances that feels slightly off, undercutting the band’s nihilism. The actors simply aren’t grubby or delinquent enough to pull it off.’
It was more positive from Empire’s Beth Webb, who awarded four stars to the new release and praised Boyle’s directing.
Reception: It was more positive from Empire’s Beth Webb, who awarded four stars to the new release and praised Boyle’s directing
She wrote: ‘What Boyle manages to capture, through his naturally disorderly directing, is the rage accumulating within this safety-pinned cross-section of British youth, and how Jones was at the forefront of something remarkable.’
In a ruthless depiction, The New Statesman’s David Hepworth blasted the idea of the biopic, branding it ‘peculiar’ as he notes the slow-moving nature of the first two episodes – and the ensuing dragging of the next four.
‘The subsequent four episodes begin to stretch before you like school work that has to be got through. This surely can’t have been the intention,’ he wrote.
Hepworth also took a jibe at the cast, explaining that Pistol displayed the problem with rock biopics, in that the cast ‘can’t play rockstars’.
DANNY BOYLE’S PISTOL: WHO’S PLAYING WHO IN THE BIOPIC
Uncanny: Louis Partridge, left in character, and bassist Sid Vicious, pictured right in 1978
Wow: Anson Boon, pictured left in character, and Johnny Rotten, pictured right, in 1976
Character: Toby Wallace, left in character, and guitarist Steve Jones, pictured right in 1978
Role: Jacob Slater, left in character, and drummer Paul Cook, pictured right in 1978
Photos released from the set of Pistol show actress Emma Appleton, who plays Nancy, arm-in-arm with the actor playing guitarist Steve Jones (left). Jones claims to have had sex with Nancy, but it is for her relationship with Sid (right in 1978) for which she will be forever remembere
Exciting: Iris Law (L) will follow in her father Jude’s acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman (R) in the Sex Pistols drama
The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (L) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (pictured right in 1978)
Actress Sydney Chandler (left) plays rocker Chrissie Hynde (right)
In character: Maisie transformed into model and actress Pamela Rooke, aka ‘Jordan’ for her role in the upcoming FX series
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