Get ready, because Mötley Crüe is about to kickstart your Netflix que. The band was formed in the 80s, took the country by storm and quickly established themselves as a dominant force in the era of hard rock. Recently, Netflix released an original biopic on the popular group, titled “The Dirt.”
Directed by famous “Jackass” director Jeff Tremaine, the movie looks into how a group of four misfits navigated the extremes of life that come with being popular rock stars. After a run of successful albums and tours, the band was consumed by drugs, money and alcohol, and tensions began to rise. The band saw the path they were going down and made a pact to get sober together. All of this occurred while the band was at the peak of their fame, and it gained a lot of attention from the music industry. As the members of Mötley Crüe aged and began to settle down, the rock star lifestyle started to take its toll. The band broke up in 1992, though they got back together after a seven-year sabbatical, releasing a new album that, while successful, was considered a failure due to lack of funding from the record company. This promptly lead the band to create their own record company, and they continued to perform together for another 20 years.
“The Dirt” did an excellent job of capturing the formation of Mötley Crüe and the events that happened across the course of their amazing career. The movie delved into the backstories of each of the band members, notably including bassist and band founder Nikki Sixx’s horrific childhood and multiple abusive fathers, or the polar opposite childhood of drummer Tommy Lee, who was highly privileged and had an incredibly loving family. The movie also highlighted how the band was formed and the some of the crazy experiences they had with other famous rock legends, such as Ozzy Osbourne.
Overall, “The Dirt” was wonderfully done. Using actors to portray the members of Mötley Crüe made it far better than if they made a documentary with the real band members, as it gave viewers the chance to understand events as they happened, instead of discussing them in retrospect. There were scenes where the actors spoke to the camera, giving the audience a better understanding of what was going on, which was appreciated. The casting of the movie was spot on as well, further adding to its believability. As the credits rolled, the actors were shown next to their corresponding band members, and they were almost indistinguishable. “The Dirt” is an intriguing, funny and definitive biopic about one of America’s most enduring rock bands. No Mötley Crüe fan will walk away mad from this one.