From the off we are thrust in to the utterly mad world of Oasis, joining them in their helicopter soaring above a 125,00 strong Knebworth crowd. Then with a seamless transition to a Manchester basement three years prior we are treated to huge amounts home footage. From here we follow their not so gradual rise to the top, and while especially nearer the start there are gaps in footage, the sharp and fast paced visual storytelling of Mat Whitecross, with the hilarious and often brutally honest narration, means we don’t miss a beat.
Despite current tensions, touchier band moments including Neil wrapping a cricket bat around Liam’s head, are handled in good, two fingered spirit, as is the philosophy of Oasis. This philosophy, and it’s two Mancunian disciples, give more reason than any for non-fans to watch the film. As while the term ‘‘best band in the world’’ may not be totally true, the fast living brothers give Oasis an edge few other groups possess, and the same can be said for this film. The sheer chemical-fuelled madness of Liam with the calculated yet volatile coolness of Noel drives the film through what could become repetitive events and give the film it’s heart.
‘The term ‘‘best band in the world’’ may not be totally true, the fast living brothers give Oasis an edge few other groups possess, and the same can be said for this film’
Just as refreshing however is the fact Supersonic is told only through the voice of tour and band members, family and managers; resulting in a condensed and intimate perspective on both the wildest and more sensitive aspects of their story.
While some may be surprised or disappointed by the optimism of the ending, with no mention of the band‘s decline and split, Mat Whitecross’ film does an excellent job of letting us see how this is the end the Gallaghers always wanted, and which Oasis deserved.
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