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Creation Stories

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

British music biopic has lots of swearing, drug use.

Movie NR 2022 104 minutes
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This fast-paced history lesson/music biopic tells the story of infamous record label boss McGee. It reunites star Bremner with co-writer Irvine Welsh, who previously worked together on Trainspotting. And while Creation Stories shares that film's dark humor and heavy drug use, this is lighter in tone. With a relatively short run-time of just over 100 minutes, barely any time is given to its characters, or its audience, to dwell on the key events of McGee's 20-year journey from his working class upbringing in Glasgow to conquering the music industry.

Fans of that era will likely enjoy the story's whirlwind nostalgia trip, which makes good use of a talented cast. But it relies on the force of personality of its performers, and of Welsh and Dean Cavanagh's script -- adapted from McGee's autobiography -- to keep us interested. With most of the famous figures reduced to bit parts, this plays less like 24-Hour Party People and more like How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, albeit with a more likable protagonist. Reducing the rock stars to cutouts makes sense in one respect -- this is McGee's story, not theirs -- but a tale about a live-wire business executive, albeit one with an outlaw spirit, was never going to be as compelling.

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