Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review – The Buddy Holly Story

The most remarkable thing about this biopic is that prior to a lot of hard living and a bad head injury or two, Gary Busey actually had some talent. Holly’s music seems pretty tame by 21st century standards, so this story is a good reminder of just how radically brilliant his work was and just how much nonsense – racist and otherwise – he had to go through just to be heard. Unfortunately the final sequence – his very last show – serves as a sad reminder not only of how tragic his loss was but also how greatly his music suffered when it was overproduced and robbed of the simplicity that made it so great. The production values of this picture are fairly mediocre, but the subject is sufficiently fascinating to carry the day. Worth seeing

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