Writer: Dave Humphries, Martin Stellman, Franc Roddam (Screenplay)
Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, Ray Winstone, Garry Cooper
Plot: Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding, and drugs only to be disappointed.
Tagline – The Year Was 1964, and The Battle Was Just Beginning!
Runtime: 2 Hours
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Rebels Without Much Cause
Story: Quadrophenia starts as we meet Jimmy (Daniels) a young man with a simple job who spends his time riding his moped, doing drugs and trying to rock along with The Who. Jimmy spends nearly every night out with his best friends Chalky (Davis) and Dave (Wingett) looking for a good time.
With a big trip to Brighton for an event coming up Jimmy gets his supplies ready and along with his crush Steph (Ash) heads of to the event, which goes against the establishment.
Thoughts on Quadrophenia
Characters – Jimmy is our main character, he is a young man I want to say just about to hit his twenties, he has a dead end job he hates, spends his time riding his moped around London looking for a party and a quick score, he idolises The Who which helps him be the rebel society isn’t ready to accept. We do meet members of his gang though they aren’t that different from each other, we also get to meet the love interest who is busy with another guy.
Story – The story here follows a young man in London who doesn’t like his life when it comes to job and family, only wanting to spend his time partying with his friends and drugs during the boom of the punk era in 1960s England. This story does have historical point to where people could find themselves in this era in time, one that has been addressed for the next generation too. We get the friendship and unity between friends shown strongly here, though Jimmy being mostly unlikable doesn’t help us get sucked into the story. This doesn’t paint the British youth in the best light either which I guess is the point behind this movie.
Settings – London and Brighton were two of the big locations for the whole rebel movement from the 1960s which helps make this use of settings one of the best.
Final Thoughts – This is a film that wants to show us the rebels of the world only to show us the annoying idiots of the world.
Overall: Just gang nonsense.