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Blu-ray Review: Alan Parker’s THE COMMITMENTS Still Packs A Punch 25 Years On - Movies In Focus
Alan Parker’s The Commitments is 25 years old and the film still packs the same mighty punch that it did when it was first released in 1991. Based on Roddy Doyle’s book of the same name, there’s a wit and energy to Parker’s film that makes it timeless. The film sees Robert Arkins’ Jimmy Rabbitte working hard to build a soul band in 1990s Dublin (the last place on earth you’d do such a thing). He takes on a selection of talented but clueless ne’er-do-wells and puts together a band, but personalities clash and comedy ensues. The Commitments charts the band’s rise and its inevitable fall and we see the trials and tribulations in-between. It’s a testament to Alan Parker (and the script by Roddy Doyle, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais) that The Commitments still holds firm a quarter of a century after its release. The witty script never tips over into full blown comedy and this gives the dramatic moments enough weight to stop the film feeling light and fluffy. The soul music is fantastic – and the film went on to have a best-selling soundtrack album. Parker filled his film with a selection of unknown musicians, makings sue [...]