On March 22, 2019, Netflix released an original movie titled, The Dirt, chronicling the rise and fame of 80’s rock band Mötley Crüe, known for their hit songs “Home Sweet Home”, “Wild Side”, and “Kickstart My Heart”. The film was directed by Jeff Tremaine, who is also known for his association with the Jackass franchise. The film stars, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx, Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) as drummer Tommy Lee, Daniel Webber as lead singer Vince Neil, and Iwan Rheon as lead guitarist Mick Mars.
The movie goes into detail with how the band started, and they rose to the top of the music charts. The story of Mötley Crüe began when Tommy Lee saw Nikki Sixx in concert and wanted to start a band. Sixx agreed and began looking for other members. After searching for a guitarist, Sixx and Lee decided on an older man with significant back problems., deciding on Mick Mars. Needing to find a lead singer, Lee remembered that one of his old pals from high school is the lead singer of a cover band. The three went to see Vince Neil, who blew the three of them away with his voice. With the band now formed, it was time to find a name, and create some music.
Their first gig did not start on a high note. The crowd was booing them and throwing food and drinks at the band,then Mötley Crüe went into action and began fighting members of the audience. This gained approval of the audience and the rest of the night went smoothly, thus beginning their illustrious career. For the next ten years, Mötley Crüe was one of the best metal genre bands, and would rock the music charts.
I was a huge fan of this movie, mainly due to the fact with how the movie portrayed the daily life of a rockstar, where Mötley Crüe’s lifestyle was never average. The actors chosen to play the members of the band played their parts very well. After hearing interviews from Mötley Crüe themselves, the actors sound and act just like the band during their reign atop the rock world. With the rockstar lifestyle, however, there were some dangers. The film is rated TV-MA for its visuals of nudity and drugs, as well as explicit language. I would rate this film 9/10 because, although the film was very good, it does not talk about the band as a whole once they are together, but rather as individuals. If you are a fan of Mötley Crüe or 80’s metal music, this is a for sure movie to watch.
Reporter: Myles Witte