Truth be told, this is a simple tale and one that I admit I've never seen before. Sure I've seen some bits here and there, but never sat down and viewed it and I'll be honest, I was surprised to find a decent enough movie. It's sort of a working class version of Fame, except there's more talent on show here. Ok, there isn't going to be any awards for acting, but then I feel that they were cast more for their musical talent. The movie moves along at a fair pace, with plenty of humour and light-hearted moments within its running time. I was under the belief that this was the launch pad for the band, but I guess that didn't exactly go to plan, which is a shame because they showed promise although I guess movies featuring bands are a bit of a death sentence. Colm Meaney playing Jimmy's father, is absolutely great fun as the sarcastic, Elvis loving father and the whole band play with conviction. A lot has been said about the lead singer, Andrew Strong, but personally I think that he's no more talented than the other members of the band and slightly over-rated when the movie first appeared. For those who are interested, it's interesting to see Sean Hughes in the movie as well as all 4 members of The Corrs, particularly Andrea Corr as Jimmy's sister, Sharon Rabbitte. Obviously if you are a fan of this movie, this 2 disk set will appeal to you greatly, but if you are a fan of Soul music, you should certainly consider checking this out.
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