I knew we were in trouble when the lower east side didn’t look like
I could go on and on about the lack of authenticity of this film. But let me just rattle off a few: Deborah Harry (Malin Ackerman) doesn’t have a thick
The actors come off as poor impersonators. This film isn’t even worthy of being likened to what a cover band is to an established rock group. It’s that lacking in cred. It’s like a bad tv version of punk rock. It akin to a Disney version of punk.
What’s good about “CBGB” is the music. Thank God the real music was used. So yes- this one rocks!!! It’s fun seeing Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley in “Harry Potter”) wearing a dog collar as a Dead Boy. There’s a good reason why the actor playing The Police’s Stewart Copeland is so well-cast: it’s his son, Christopher.
Alan Rickman is a fine actor but he’s directed to play Hilly Kristal as if he sleep-walked through life.
What “CBGB” could have used is a director like Jim Jarmusch, who lives in NYC.