Daily News header

The Rolling Stones: Charlie is My Darling Movie Review

By     get stories by email

The Stones are turning up on the big screen in two different movies right now, and nearly a half century apart in each. And yes, it's purely coincidental.

The UK rock group with amazingly sustained longevity, currently graces the soundtrack of the Robert Zemeckis disaster thriller Flight, as backdrop to Denzel Washington's booze and coke frazzled airline pilot protagonist. But there's also a lost and found rare gem of the first movie ever made about the rising rockers back in 1965, The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling, and in its theatrical debut for the first time ever. And it offers quite a surprising glimpse into where it all began for them, way before they or anyone else knew exactly where it might be going.

roliing
Trade ad for 1965 Rolling Stones' North American tour. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
With the movie title Charlie Is My Darling taken from a traditional Irish ballad, the song refers to the up and coming boy band's two city, four concert tour of Dublin and Belfast back then. The documentary is actually recut and remastered by Mick Gochancour and Robin Klein from the Peter Whitehead original film, Charlie Is My Darling-Ireland 1965, and with casual offstage jamming and philosophizing tossed in.

But what is most fascinating about the film, is the group quite candidly sharing their conflicted feelings of delight and discomfort with sudden fame. And the awkward astonishment expressed by the stunned Stones and their young fans alike, as celebrityhood in progress first played out.

Which leads to moments of collective reflection as to why it was happening, and best articulated by Mick Jagger. Who rightly prophesied a genuine connection they were forging for the first time ever historically with increasingly disaffected youth, through popular music that suddenly spoke to class conflict and consciousness (Play With Fire), along with anti-establishment rebellion against conformity and commercialism (Satisfaction - hitting the charts at #1 in the world and displacing the reigning Beatles). In effect introducing a high impact subversion of conventional music back then limited and locked into romance, to which even the Beatles were still deferring.

And though songs may have concealed messages laden with sociopolitical distress (such as the Red Scare/McCarthy period covert lyrics of 'You Can't Take That Away From Me' and 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer), who would have ever imagined the raw, uninhibited social rage to come. As memorialized by the Stones with that man on the radio 'telling me more and more about some useless information.' Or the television 'telling me how white my shirts can be,' and how you can't be a man because you don't 'smoke the same cigarette as me.'

Of course all that has changed dramatically, and it's not just an enlightened aversion to cigarette smoking in the present. Let's just say the back to basics, unpretentious gritty and grainy Charlie Is My Darling spotlights with a mixture of nostalgia and paradox, a time when 'satisfaction' was more about the labor of love music than media attention. And before it became corporatized, which was exactly what the Stones were railing against concerning everything else. Not to mention a discomfort with superstardom and fame once upon a time, that has now ironically evolved into obsessive anxiety when one is without it.

Brainstorm Media
Unrated
3 stars

To see the trailer of Charlie is My Darling:

Prairie Miller is a NY multimedia journalist online, in print and on radio, and on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network's Arts Express. Read more reviews by Prairie Miller. Contact Prairie through NewsBlaze. Read more stories by Prairie Miller.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Movie Reviews News

Our movie reviewer Kam William's shares this week's DVD Releases, with titles such as American Promise, Whitewash and more.
A new movie, UnFair: Exposing the IRS takes you behind the scenes of the devious IRS world, exposing the IRS as blatantly unfair.
Our movie reviewer Kam Williams shares his weekly previews that make choosing a movie fun. Look for movies being released this week such as God Help The Girl, But Always and more
Movie critic Prairie Miller has an interesting conversation with CNN reporter Jane Velez-Mitchell about her book based on the Jodi Arias murder trial.
Movie review Miv Evans reviews the film 'FED UP'. Evans states that the documentary doesn't contain any surprises and or any answers.
Scarlett sets off on a bus in Iran and ends up in the tunnels that lie below Paris. There are encounters with a Grim Reaper, the odd zombie, blood spatter. Fodder for a B-rated horror movie but, unfortunately, not one you'd want to watch.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month



Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site