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Film Review: ‘Soul Boys of the Western World’

19 January 2015 6:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

By the time George Hencken’s “Soul Boys of the Western World” finishes, audiences won’t know Spandau Ballet’s favorite breakfast cereals, but that’s about all they won’t know. A vanity production composed entirely of pre-existing footage — producers Steve Dagger and Scott Millaney are the group’s manager and producer, respectively — the documentary traces the usual pop-band trajectory, presenting Spandau Ballet as the most iconic group of the 1980s. Hmm. TV-style and desperately in need of cutting, “Soul Boys” does convincingly position its subjects as key trendsetters, and their most memorable tunes continue to be enjoyable. Unsurprisingly, the film is timed to cash in on reunion concerts, and will be a gift to their fanbase.

The background story will be familiar for those who’ve watched practically any history of U.K. bands from the era. The five members, including brothers Gary and Martin Kemp, were raised »

- Jay Weissberg

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