A dramatization of the early years of the hard rock band, Def Leppard, the group faces both success and personal tragedies such as drummer, Rick Allen losing his arm in a car accident and guitarist Steve Clark's alcohol addiction.
In the late 1970s Britain, Joe Elliot joins a small time rock band that becomes Def Leppard. Soon taking control of the band with his perfectionism, Elliot and his mates strive to reach the top despite their personal strife that drives the less determined members away for more driven ones. By 1982, Def Leppard becomes a rock sensation, only to find that success has its own problems. Whether it be drummer Rick Allen's dismembering accident or guitarist Steve Clark's equally self-destructive alcoholism, the band struggles to keep the loyalty, tenacity and creativity that would make the group one of the greatest in rock history.Written by
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We never really get to know the characters in this herky-jerky patchwork story that skips years in moments then dwells far too long on short periods. There is never any sense that any of this is really happening to the young lads of Def Lep; they just suddenly change their hairstyles and start driving flashy cars while we're reminded they've sold millions of records. If one were to sit down and watch this low-budget, low-interest potboiler with no knowledge of the band, one would come away not understanding how they got to be such stars. And why did the band's music get steadily less complex and emotionally empty even as their personal lives became more difficult and filled with tragedy? It's an interesting question that was never addressed in this movie. Of course, there were only 90 minutes of screen time to squeeze the story of six or seven characters into, so Phil Collen and Rick Savage were more or less ignored. Mutt Lange's influence on the band's sound was only briefly touched on. All in all, this movie does a disservice to those wishing to learn more (or anything) about Def Leppard. It also fails as entertainment. A poor effort.
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