Genre Guesstimation – The Commitments (1991)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Debbie of Moon in Gemini and it is Movies about Musicians

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to musicaldeb@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movies About Musicians.

“[watching video of James Brown performing] Do y’not think, uh – we’re a little white for that sort of thing? ” – Dean Faye

Number of Times Seen – Twice (27 Jan 2005 and 18 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – In Dublin, a young man decides to try and start a band, so he advertises in the paper for potential musicians.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Debbie’s choice for me to watch.

I saw this film once years ago and didn’t recall much about it besides one or two of the songs that the band plays throughout.

The overall premise is actually quite good and they manage to show how a band like this can be formed by looking for talent in the strangest of places.

The expectations for such a story are quite high and they unfortunately don’t manage to keep things as interesting throughout as one would hope

The various characters are each filled with some nice quirks that make them unique while also giving each various musical abilities that helps them contribute to the work of the band.

The songs in this film are nice and catchy and they do a nice job of showing how a patchwork band like this needs to work quite hard in order to perfect their music and timing over and over.

The choice to use an unknown cast is the right one because it makes the story feel that much more realistic.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that is good but just doesn’t work as well as one would hope. The various characters are perfectly quirky and each one is quite unique in their characteristics and also in their abilities to contribute to the band. The songs are great and we get to hear them try and perfect their music and timing over and again. The cast is filled with complete unknowns which actually helps make things feel a bit more realistic.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Corrs, the highly successful Irish band, got their start by auditioning for the film, and they each won small roles. Andrea Corr (lead vocals & tin whistle) plays Jimmy’s little sister Sharon. Jim Corr (guitar) is part of the Avant-Garde-A-Clue Band. Caroline Corr (drums) appears in the audience during the performance of “I Never Loved A Man”. Finally, Sharon Corr (violin) can be seen playing violin with the country & western band that Bernie joins at the end of the film. John Hughes, the film’s musical coordinator, became the band’s manager. Director Alan Parker later asked Andrea for a role in the film/musical Evita (1996). (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. The music is great, but the story just doesn’t wok as well as one would hope given the kind of story presented.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – The Commitments (1991)

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