The best quality version of this came in two parts. From last week’s treatise on American youth gangs, we move ourselves across the pond and see the British version in this cult classic featuring the, “Mods,” vs. the, “Rockers.” This youth finds its way to growing up piece is slightly different than others, as it requires a more sudden epiphany on the part of our main character.
The Who released three movies from their production company Who Films Limited. Of the three, which also included, “Tommy,” and, “The Kids Are Alright,” this one is in my opinion the best of the bunch. Their last effort was a documentary, and contained snippets of interviews and back stage boredom. Their first child was an opera that took a decided turn into silliness from the otherwise decent set up at their admittedly misguided look into autism. The middle child involved a coherent story from start to finish, had a message that turned out to be uplifting, saw our hero learn a lesson, and managed to keep tension alive for the full length of the movie. The main character is a train wreck to be sure, but never to the point where we stop identifying with him, and his awkward attempts to fit into his world.
Making his entertainment industry debut in this movie is, “Sting,” who portrayed the role of, “Ace,” a full decade before the Police recorded and released their debut album.