Music biopics so often get it drastically wrong, from over enthusiastic hagiography to a complete lack of understanding of the subject of the film, the missteps often quickly mount up. Significant blunders in these films are far more common than redeeming qualities but, thankfully, Good Vibrations is one of the better ones.
Focusing not on a band or even really a particular musical movement – the focus is too narrow for this to be considered a film in which the Irish punk scene is the subject – Good Vibrations is about one man, Terri Hooley. Not perhaps that well-known to many Hooley was an incredibly important figure for a short amount of time in a small area, but the seeds of what he sowed had far wider implications.
The son of a socialist candidate, Hooley, played here with winning bombast by Richard Dormer, is a dreamer from a young age and all »
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