I was looking forward to this one (despite the negative reviews it got) because of its subject matter - the mysterious death of Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones. However, apart from good central performances - Leo Gregory (Brian Jones), Paddy Considine (Frank Thoroghgood) and David Morrissey (Tom Keylock) - and a couple of attractive females, I have to say I was let down by it. There really is little depth to the characterizations: Jones, especially, is portrayed as a pill-popping, egotistical snob who beats up his girl and enjoys needling the meek Thorogood but he is shown to lose interest in his band's activities far too early (in 1966!) which is negated by history given that he still exerted some control over the Stones' musical direction in unusual sounding songs like "Lady Jane" and "Paint It Black". First-time director Stephen Woolley (Neil Jordan's frequent producer) overdirects most of the time and, apart from Jagger and Jones, none of the rest of the Stones look anything like the real people. To add insult to injury, three of the classic songs of the era are only rendered via bland recent cover versions rather the originals which, at least, would have given it an air of authenticity.
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Stoned is a movie starring Leo Gregory, Paddy Considine, and David Morrissey. A chronicle of the sordid life and suspicious death of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, who was found in the bottom of his swimming pool weeks after...
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Fact-based story about the drug-addled and sordid life of The Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones. Unfortunately the story moves so quickly into the sensationalized decadence and drug-induced state of Jones, that the unknowing viewer has to wonder why anyone would care. There are only a few framing sequences with members of The Stones, particularly Keith Richards, that show they had a great respect for him and tried to bring him back into the band as he drifted away. Mixed into the destruction of Jones is a common builder, Frank Thorogood, who is given the unenviable task of trying to please Jones by rebuilding his estate and to watch him per Jones' manager's instructions. Thorogood's life is so far removed from all of the sex and drugs that he sees, that he envies and desires the tawdry life as well, but never quite fits in. Unfortunately, at least according to this film and according to a supposed death bed confessional of Thorogood in 1993, it led to Thorogood's murder of Jones in a...
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STONED (Stephen Woolley, 2005) **Reviewed byBunuel1976Vote: 4/10
It has taken Stephen Woolley ten years to get this on to the screen,which allowed him plenty of time to do his research. He began byacquiring the film rights to the book, 'Who Killed Cock Robin?' andadded the rights to the deathbed revelations of Frank Thorogood; thenthe rights to the book by Anna Wohlin, one of Jones' two currentgirlfriends. He topped this by hiring a private eye to find Janet, theother girlfriend, to get her confirmation about the size of the Stonedlifestyle and some of the details of Jones' death. He was also able tofind a few original cameras including a vintage Bolex, to match theancient film clips slotted into parts of the story. Getting any filmmade has to be an obsession, and a major one at that, if it takes tenyears. What kept Woolley going was having been too young to be a hippy,the realisation that he had bought (as we all did) the PR stuntdepicting the leather-clad speed-freak drunk-rolling Beatles as nicefluffy chaps and the middle-class cricket fans fromKingston-upon-Thames as the evil and dangerous Stones, ' Jagger was atthe London School of Economics', and seeing Brian Jones as the onlyband member who was a genuine bad boy; 'the missing link' to thedecadent bohemian world. He links this to the dichotomy between Brian,the studiedly effete and spoiled brat, and Frank (Considine), a realbloke, an ex-soldier, with whom Woolley found himself identifying. Hesays he screened 'Performance' for the cast before shooting began, toget them into the zeitgeist, (We of the hippy generation realised thatwe could measure the effect of the encroaching years and our possiblematurity by noting how we moved from identifying with Turner to 'being'Chas), and in fact the shooting of the gun scene from that gets a quotehere. There are many little bits of contemporary reference intercut,and all so nearly subliminal that the audience could miss them if itwere not well-acquainted with them from the first time round and/ordidn't posses a certain amount of quick-fire intelligence. It'spleasurably flattering to be a member of an audience which is assumedto have these qualities. When you can say it in twenty frames, why milkit? The opening scenes establish Brian (Gregory) as the kingpin,getting a gig by phone while the rest of the band waits outside the redbox. Although not much later Andrew Loog Oldham sells himself to themas manager, most of the subsequent story dispenses with a strictlychronological narrative. The general situation moves on, but in bunchesof flash-back, present and flash-forward. Time's tooty-fruity. Whathappened after the Stones got Big was a gift to a film maker: Frank istaken on as a builder to tart up Brian's little mansion and, in spiteof the huge gaps between their respective cultures, becomes part of theStone's world. The parallels between this reality and the fictionalscenario of the contemporaneous Cammell-Roeg film, are fascinating andshould form the basis of a PHD for some 'sixties-fixated student sooneror later. For the camera-work, colour, montage, in purely visual terms'Stoned' is worth seeing, although it would have been well worthGregory putting on several extra pounds to cover his taut, well-tonedmusculature - Brian was quite chubby in real life - in fact all theband members could have added a little more puppy-fat. One obviousfailing in 'Stoned' is its lack of bloody marvellous soundtrack; butthere's hardly a film out now without a bloody marvellous soundtrack,and there are plenty of precedents; Orson Welles' 'Touch of Evil', forinstance. For lasting power a film has to stand as a film rather thanan extended marketing device. As a film, this cuts it. CLIFF HANLEY
No, one should not expect a fictionalization of the Stones' story, butone does expect a reasonable attempt at a depiction of Brian Jones'time with them. As it is, the Stones are peripheral characters in thescreenplay. Apart from a few bluesy jams, their own music is absententirely. The story focuses on the relationships between Jones and hisforeman/com-padre Frank Thorogood, out at the rock star's countryestate. The large house is conspicuously the movie's prime set. Fine,'Stoned' had a low budget. Then again, it's from a real-life storywhich was basically made up of people talking, fighting and fallingover. Not so fine is that 'Stoned' had to be so bad. One of the hardestthings to swallow about 'Stoned' was the casting of Leo Gregory asJones. He does little characterization beyond a 'fatalistic' smile, andalthough 27 years old himself (Jones' age at the time of his death), onscreen he looks ten years older and wears a risible array of mail-orderhairpieces to represent the varying Jones eras. At times he looks likea young Jon Pertwee in a fright wig. The direction by Stephen Wooley iswildly erratic and at times laughable. Jefferson Airplane's 'WhiteRabbit' underscoring an acid trip scene is the hack cinematicequivalent of the 'city/pretty' hack songwriting rhyme. It took Wooleyten years to put this botch-up together? Looks more like it wasdesperately cobbled together late Sunday night and breathlessly handedin by the Monday 9AM deadline. Another Bad Movie Night contender.