Lemmy

"Extraordinary"

Lemmy Review


'Lemmy' is the biographical documentary film of one Ian Kilmister, legendary rock'n'roller and leader of Motorhead. Apparently 2 years in the making the film runs the whole gamut charting his early days in North Wales, hitchhiking to The Cavern to see The Beatles through to moving to London to roadie for Jimi Hendrix. From then he joined Hawkwind and later went on to form Motorhead and concludes with Lemmy in his current abode in Los Angeles where he now resides and has done for several years.

Despite making some of the most uncompromising music of the last 30 years, Motorhead for some strange reason, cross all boundaries. This is undoubtedly down to the enduring appeal of Lemmy - a man who's stuck to his guns and done things on his own terms to the point where he has just ended up being accepted.

Which gives credence to the fact that If you spend long enough doing something and which such conviction, people will eventually come round to your way of thinking. As a rock 'n' roll icon his influence has touched almost everyone who is anyone and the most surprising thing of all about this documentary is the sheer breadth of people who have fallen under his influence. The usual rock crowd is to be expected. Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Metallica etc but its appearances of others such as Jarvis Cocker, Peter Hook (Joy Division), Mick Jones (The Clash), Marky Ramone (The Ramones) and Billy Bob Thornton that most surprise.

There are some great rock 'n' roll tales of excess abound as the story gets underway. Like the time Lemmy scores 10 tabs of acid for Jimi Hendrix, Jimi takes 7 and makes Lemmy take the remaining three. Funniest of all is when Lemmy gets kicked out of Hawkwind for drug offences which is ironic in itself (I mean how the f**k can you get kicked out of Hawkwind for taking too many drugs?). On his return home Lemmy gets back at them by proceeding to make his way through as many of his ex-band member's wives as he possibly can. There is also a great story about when he meets the impossibly obnoxious Justin Hawkins lead singer of The Darkness and if he doesn't have your respect already he will do by the time you hear this one.

Judging anybody would be the wrong thing to do, however the jury will certainly be out on him and for all those who sycophantically refer to him as God there are those who will find the existence of a 63 year old man playing at being 20 rather sad. At times you see a very lonely man living what can only be described as a very north walian existence living in an impossibly messy apartment, drinking and gambling, only doing it in one of the most amazing cities in the world. The nazi memorabilia does indeed leave a bad taste in the mouth, however its seriously doubtful he's into the ideology as he explains himself, and it does appear to be a genuine interest albeit a seriously inappropriate one.

Overall Ian Kilmister comes across as a quiet, considered and honourable man. No mean feat considering he's been trapped in 'Lemmy' a persona of his own creation for many years. The film's most heartwarming moment is when he declares his son the most valuable thing in his life. They obviously have a genuine affection for each other and it's good to see this side to Lemmy amidst all the bravado. As a film 'Lemmy' works very well and even if you're not a real big fan of Motorhead this is still a 'must-see' for anyone who's ever been in a band and with a genuine interest in music. Overall it's an honest and faultless. erm. 'warts and all' portrayal of one of rock 'n' roll's most enduring icons.

Scott Causer



Facts and Figures

Genre: Documentaries

Run time: 116 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 7th December 2010

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Fresh: 13 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Greg Olliver

Producer: Wes Orshoski

Starring: Dave Brock as Himself, Phil Campbell as Himself, Fast Eddie Clarke as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, Mikkey Dee as Himself, as Himself, Dave Ellefson as Himself, Jason Everman as Himself, Lars Frederiksen as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, Paul Inder as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, Ian Fraser Kilmister as Himself, Paul Michael Lévesque as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, Corey Parks as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, Shel Talmy as Himself, as Himself, Nik Turner as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, David Vanian as Himself, Katherine von Drachenberg as Herself, as Himself

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

The 2012 Canadian comedy Goon was one of those surprising little films that snuck up...

Detroit Movie Review

Detroit Movie Review

After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reteam to...

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back...

American Made Movie Review

American Made Movie Review

An enjoyably freewheeling tone and Tom Cruise's star wattage combine to make this an entertaining...

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

It's been a decade since Al Gore's wake-up-call documentary won the Oscar. And here he...

Advertisement
The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of...

Final Portrait Movie Review

Final Portrait Movie Review

A relaxed, amusing true story about noted Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, this sharply...

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.