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London Town (2016)

R | | Drama, Music | 7 October 2016 (USA)
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In '70s London, a 14 year-old boy is introduced to the Clash by his estranged mother. It changes his life forever.

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In '70s London, a 14 year-old boy is introduced to the Clash by his estranged mother. It changes his life forever.

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Filming outside in Stroudley Walk, Bow, London on 5 July 2015. See more »

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The Clash play the song Clampdown the day after the Anti Nazi League concert in 1978, the song wasn't written until the following year. See more »

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Cool first hand story about a kid who gets introduced to The Clash (in more ways than one)
11 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really liked Jonathan Rhys Meyers in it as Joe Strummer. It was fun to see him play a real lively character as the front man of The Clash.

The movie itself is more about how a boy named Shay is influenced by the music of the Clash while going through some hard times. His really hot mom (played by Natascha McElhone) left the family to live the life she wanted, while his father (Played by Dougray Scott), plays the classic stereotype of an adult who forgot what it was like to be young and is shifting too much responsibility on his son.

London Town is greatly similar to another Coming-of-Age film, Sing Street (which is a little better), as Shay allows a crush on a punk rock girl to greatly influence his walk down the path of punk, which leads him to meeting Joe Strummer.

The film's formula is very direct, and it's focus on punk rock makes it a perfect persona of the early days of the genre. It's a love letter to The Clash any fan would enjoy.


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