Detestably entertaining expose/parody of the behind the scenes of pop (by davideo-2)
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning As the 1990s Britpop era dawns, Steven Stelfox Nicholas Hoult is an A&R man, one of the suits behind the scenes who decides what makes the cut and what doesn't. His deduction is simple: that the music industry has an obligation to make records that sell, not what is artistically excellent, and that the majority of what is released commercially probably is just very average at best. But Steven has an ambition to rise to the top of his game, and not let anyone stand in his way, so <more>
when he sees others double crossing and under-cutting him, he unleashes his psychotic side, which eventually gets exploited by his conniving secretary Rebecca Georgia King. As I've said before, it's a sad time when memories of your younger years, and the music that defined it, become more and more distant, and you start to feel like more of a relic of a time gone past. Owen Harris's adaptation of real life former A&R man John Niven's salacious revelations of the inside goings-on of the music industry also marking his theatrical feature length debut brings this cutthroat and mercenary world to life in a manner those familiar with the style of Trainspotting will warm to, and delivers the most fitting character in the shape of Stelfox, who embodies all the vice and corruption singularly with one stroke.It's got the 'period detail' God, putting that in this sentence makes me feel ancient! down to a tee, from Blair's 'Britain deserves better' posters plastered over buildings, to the bulky, pre flat screen computers in the offices, using a touch other than the music to keep the authenticity in place. And, it would seem, Stelfox is type of man who defined those times, with the film relying on us witnessing him become more depraved as he goes on, and still needing us to enjoy him as a character and the excesses he rides. Certainly to someone of my generation, it's like he's inviting us in to laugh at ourselves and how we were manipulated and mislead into buying music that was less than what our hard earned or, our parents hard earned money deserved.It doesn't work quite as well as Filth, which showed an almost equally as morally drained protagonist riding us along his ride, only with a little more character and oomph in his voice, as opposed to Hoult's dry, dour delivery, as well as a more coherent, easy flowing story, unlike this one which veers and loses it's ebb towards the end. But this is still a ghoulishly entertaining and hilarious delve into a murky, behind the scenes world. ****
Love British black humour or find something else to watch. This is black, sly, and so very not pc that it is wonderful. Nicholas Hoult is no longer that cute little boy from the movie with HG. He's grown a hunky sex body and is picking films to get away from the boy next door roles Skins , and into the male leading man category. Kill Your Friends moves him up that ladder and then some but the film has its flaws. As Steven Stellfox, Hoult is shallow and ambitious as A & R manager for a troubled British recording company, and he's not about to be penalized for his mistakes in music <more>
taste or judgements. Breaking the fourth wall, audiences are given his motivation and maliciousness in a gleeful narration that bares industry attitudes toward the production of milquetoast musical arrangements geared toward the mindless messes. Stylish and greedy, Stellfox's moves to advancement are not for the squeamish, but in Hoult's presentation, they are delightful to watch. Like a lot. Hysterical and entertaining for the bent in us all.
I wasn't even sure if watching this movie is a good idea. But not trusting in the IMDb points proved me right once again. Kill your friends builds up the dramaturgy to a certain point, never getting too abstract or unrealistic. I have spent way too much time in London and in London's clubs and pubs to find the abuse of alcohol or cocaine unrealistic. And that was 2015. I couldn't imagine the music business in the 80s and 90s. On top of the storyline comes a brilliant cast. Nicholas Hoult is unexpectedly brilliant. I only knew him from warm bodies but this is a big leap in his <more>
acting. One of my favorite films until now in 2016.Sorry for the bad English.
I attended the world premier for "kill your friends" at the fantasy film festival in Berlin which was the opening film - and was pleasantly surprised. Usually the open movie is OK, this time it was the best I have seen in the last 15 years going to the fantasy film festival.I had not read the book on which it is based, had not read the description as I always go to the opening movie no matter what , so I did not know what to expect.Kill your friends is about a hotshot in the finding and signing music talent industry who wants to be the department head, however is clueless but very <more>
determined. It is an over the top black comedy that has tons of coke and pills, some nudity and gore, and great lines.I was very entertained and can only recommend the movie. Most likely will get an 16/R rating for the violence, drugs and nudity.
People who have written bad, simple minded reviews have no idea what they are talking about. The book is the one book I couldn't take reading, it's a lot more cynical and black, but the style is very cool, as all books by Nivel. They are fast, they are black, they are pop literature. So, that this movie is based on a contemporary bestseller known for it's incredible dark style should be a clue.Second - the actors are such a cool choice, not only the lead character, but also Moritz Bleitreu, e. g. and others. Look them up, if you don't know any European actors. Third - music <more>
choices were great! Partly a kind of parody on that British happy-happy-jump-jump Techno _from the 90ies_ but also very fitting: The Prodigy and others from that time. Lots and lots of other very funny parodies, loved the girl band with the strings.4. Worcaholism and Drug use in London, career pressure, etc. are not unrealistic at all, nothing unusual shown, people kicking others out, going through their things, etc. well I hope the murders are not normal .Finally - British Pop Culture, and British Black Comedy. This should have given the final clue. Don't watch it if you don't like the genre.
Raw, Irreverent and Full of Dark Humor (by Raven-1969)
God forbid everyone follows their heart. Some thrive on manipulation, power, profit and smiting self-declared enemies. It is the late 1990s and Steven, a record company executive, has no talent, heart or scruples. It all works to his advantage. "Nothing important is ever decided in a meeting," says Steven "but they are good for humiliating people." He hates customers and clients alike, frames and blackmails co-workers, and stops at nothing to gain influence, money, drugs, women and booze.When a co-worker gets in his way, Steven doesn't just murder him. He kills the <more>
man's little dog and sets a co-worker up for the murder. Steven knows the one thing that matters in the music industry; a big hit. Raw, irreverent and full of dark humor, the film is thrilling despite awkward acting. It is refreshingly original, especially with the unexpected ending. It is delightful to watch Steven in his ups and downs, pretending to be team player even as he undermines everyone around him. Unleash your monster. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015.