What do you get when you mix Netflix, an old episode of Behind the Music, one of the 1980s’ most popular heavy metal music acts, and a whole lot of drug-fueled misbehavior? The trailer for The Dirt, the new biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to infamy.
The first look at the streaming site’s upcoming film, based on Mötley Crüe’s 2001 best-selling autobiography, offers a high octane look at one of the most successful and notorious bands of the 1980s. It has everything fans (and haters) of the group would expect: lots of music you still like way more than you care to admit, ridiculous get-ups featuring big hair and lots of makeup, and plenty of hotels being destroyed by a bunch of immature man-children. This looks like what would happen if the concept of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll manifested itself into a movie with a good budget.
One of the criticisms of Bohemian Rhapsody has been that outside of Freddie Mercury, the rest of the band is presented as well-behaved and serious musicians who were above hard-partying and the excesses of the business. We’re going to guess that probably won’t be a complaint people have with this film. If anything Nikki Sixx (played by Douglas Booth), Mick Mars (Iwan Rheon), Tommy Lee (Colson Baker), and Vince Neil (Daniel Webber) seem more likely to exaggerate all their misdeeds, because that image is so integral to their identity as a group. Their persona as a bunch of bad boys is as much a staple of Mötley Crüe as any of their albums. (Though we think even they wouldn’t have hung out with Ramsay Bolton.)
No wonder Jeff Tremaine, co-creator of Jackass and director of Bad Grandpa, was tapped to direct. There aren’t many people in either the music or movie business who know what it’s like to work with a bunch of entertaining men who act like idiots for a living.
The Dirt comes to Netflix on March 22.
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