So I don’t often tell you to do stuff. But this is for your own good.
Read this Trilogy.
Then…even more importantly…..watch the movies. This is where I have to admit we have only watched the first two…but we have the 3rd one ready to watch any day now.
The Commitments..being the first of the Barrytown Trilogy, is one of mine and Mr D’s most favourite films of all time.
The Commitments is a 1991 comedy drama film adaption of a novel of the same name by Roddy Doyle. It tells of unemployed Dubliners who form a soul band. It was filmed on location in Dublin.
Jimmy Rabbitte aspires to manage the world's greatest band, with only one music in mind: soul. Disgusted with bands in Ireland, he assembles a soul band in the tradition of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Wilson Pickett. Jimmy auditions at his parents' house and assembles young musicians. Unlike his idols, Jimmy's band is all white. With the help of Joey "The Lips" Fagan, the veteran musician in the band who has unlikely stories about meeting and working with famous musicians, Jimmy begins to whip the rest of the members into shape - only to have the group fall apart in a clash of egos.
You know how usually the book is far better than the film? Well this is the exception to that rule. It’s because of course the music really helps make the film what it is,
There are some differences between the book and film, the most obvious being that the novel was composed mostly of dialogue, with hardly any physical description; the movie concentrated much more on the collapse of Dublin's inner city. Unlike the film, which could be categorized as comedy-drama, the book was almost entirely comedic.
Can you believe we have only just got this film on DVD, we had it on VHS haha! We are a wee bit behind the times here lol
So go on then. Popcorn. Blanket. Wine (mulled) and The Commitments. You know you want to :)