Sunday, September 01, 2013

Movie Review: 'Morrissey 25Live' fully captures the singer's legacy

I can't say enough good things about the new film Morrissey 25Live now playing in limited release and bound for a scheduled release on DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment on Oct. 21, 2013.

The James Russell-directed concert film provides a front row seat for Moz' already-legendary performance at Hollywood High School on March 2, 2013 in the intimate 1,800-seat school auditorium.

The 90-minute concert film celebrates Morrissey's 25-year anniversary as a solo artist, and includes many of his most beloved songs including "Everyday Is Like Sunday," "November Spawned a Monster" and "You Have Killed Me." Thankfully, Morrissey also performs a number of celebrated Smiths classics, including an unsettling "Meat Is Murder," a tender "Please, Please Please Let Me Get What I Want," acapella take on "Asleep" and a set-ending "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side." 

Morrissey's band offers nuanced and powerful playing throughout (notably guitarists Boz Boorer and Jesse Tobias), and the audience's clear devotion to the singer adds additional layers of excitement to the performance (we get testimonials at the start and end of the film). At the heart of it all, of course, is the always-enigmatic Morrissey's arresting performance. 

Theatre listings and ticket information is available at
Morrissey 25: Live From Hollywood High Official Trailer:

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