Super tight storytelling (no fat on this bad boy); immersive and terrifying, with action scenes that still rivet you four decades later. I love how much is left unexplained; rather than cram a bunch of lore down the audience’s throat, Miller allows it to seep through organically, or else remain an intriguing but un-excavated substratum. My favorite of the series.
A terribly disappointing and lazy film. Turns the story of one of the most interesting bands in the world into ‘Plastic Paddy’ kitsch, complete with cutesy animations. Leans heavily on worshipful celebrity interviews, and concludes with a truly execrable 60th birthday bash in which a wheelchair-bound, vacant-eyed MacGowan receives self-satisfied tributes from people like Bono and Johnny Depp.
Ekes out 2 stars because The Pogues still rule.