"No one knows what
happened to Frankie"
Superstar DJ Frankie Wilde (Kaye) is considered the best in
the business. After eleven years on the white isle as Ibiza's king of the
clubs, he can't go any higher. The lord of his domain, untouchable on the
decks but after a decade of sound, drink and drugs has taken its toll and
Frankie Wilde is going deaf.
The mock-umentary is becoming the comic stable of the music
film genre but does 'Its all gone Pete Tong' have what it takes to make
you dance with laugher?
Charting the fictional life of Ibiza legend of the decks Frankie
Wilde, the mock-umentary follow the same type of structure as films like
'This is Spinal Tap' and 'A Mighty Wind', were stars of the industry reflect
on the artist contribution to music as we watch their life unfold before
us. This style has been extremely successful and provided the genre with
some classics, 'This is Spinal Tap' been the obvious example, but 'It's
all gone Pete Tong' doesn't make it into that category, far from it.
DJ Frankie Wilde just isn't appealing enough to anyone other
than dance music fans. The status of Superstar DJ might seem a pretty pointless
title for some music purest, but for the legions of fans that flow to the
white isle they are the gods of the club scene and are just as important
as the people who wrote the original music they are mixing together. The
film portrays Wilde as a genius but the problem he lets this title go to
his head. With the fame come the excesses of the business. Drugs, women
and drink consume his social life as he lives the life of a superstar. While
some may argue that this is the stereotype of most people in the music business,
there is nothing here that makes him appeal to you in the slightest when
things start to go horribly wrong.
Paul Kaye brings this reprehensible character to life that
is plagued by cocaine-induced visions, excessive drinking and the fact that
eleven years in the clubs has almost destroyed his hearing. The performance
by Kaye is not in question. He is an exceptional comedic actor who can portray
all aspects of Wilde emotional and physiological journey with ease. In fact
he makes Frankie a more watchable character than he could have been but
he can't change the writing of the character completely.
Supporting Kaye is a combination of actors and people from
the business. Beatriz Batarda is exceptional as Frankie's lip reading teacher
Penelope. She plays a deaf person superbly but you have to ask why an actual
deaf person wasn't used in the role. Mike Wilmot is good as Frankie's manager
Max Haggar and there are guest appearances from real life people from the
dance music world such as Barry Ashworth, Charlie Chester, Carl Cox, Sarah
Main and Pete Tong himself.
'Its all gone Pete Tong' is a mock-umentary that is very short
on laughs. While the story might be interesting to fans of dance music,
everyone else will struggle to feel any sympathy for the character or his
situation. While the cast do their best it is in the script were the film
as gone all 'Pete Tong'.
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