Film Review: The Dirt

In light of Bohemian Rhapsody released earlier this year, depicting the story behind Queen, The Dirt, a similar style film portraying the story behind Mötley Crüe, recently became available via Netflix. My boyfriend and I watched it a couple of nights ago, and overall, I think it is well-executed and absolutely worth the watch.

Starring Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee, Douglas Booth as Nikki Six, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil, and Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars, The Dirt is directed by Jeff Tremaine (responsible for producing the very memorable Jackass movies) and is pretty wild. Nudity, violence, partying, drugs, alcohol and heartbreak are just a few of this movie’s central themes, and Mötley Crüe’s story is one that is worthy of a film to tell it. Between Vince Neil’s accidental vehicular manslaughter and the loss of his daughter, Nikkie Six’s addiction to heroin, Tommy Lee’s heartbreak over his wife leaving him, and Mick Mars’ battle with his self-deprecating body, The Dirt illustrates a side of the band most of us likely aren’t familiar with.

The movie also addresses the tremendous consequences that come with living the life of a rock star in the 80s. Familial hardships, tense relationships between the band members, and a loss of emotion are a few examples.

The filmography of the movie is unique in the sense that on several occasions, the actors speak directly to the audience through the camera lens, a strategy referred to as breaking the fourth wall.

Prior to seeing this film, I didn’t know much about Mötley Crüe. I wasn’t even overly familiar with their music. If you’re familiar with Mötley Crüe, however, you’re likely aware of just how insane these men were in their younger years as rock stars, and this movie doesn’t spare any details pertaining to their outrageous behaviour.

Photo credit: <a href=”″>Drew “Rukes” Ressler</a> on <a href=”″>Visual hunt</a> / <a href=””&gt; CC BY-NC-ND</a>

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