Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
Filmmaker Julien Temple takes a look beyond the guise of the late, anti-establishment icon Joe Strummer to offer a warm portrait of the self-described "mouthy little git" who was born John Mellor and was destined to become the frontman for one of the most influential punk bands ever. A complex figure who would learn to use his gift for music as a means of decompressing his conscience, Strummer is revealed here through unearthed interviews and the illuminating recollections of his closest companions. At times idealistic to a fault, the flawed Clash singer/songwriter had a special gift… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Julien Temple's film is an energizing work of art, a visually striking and inspiring look at a band that never 'sold out' and the leader who saw to it that they didn't."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A beautiful, evocative collage composed of concert footage, photographs, interviews and film clips, as well as interviews with people who knew him, the film is a rigorously thorough biography and an impassioned accolade."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Lively doc on the late Brit punk rocker guitarist for the Clash."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Director Julien Temple] stops short of hagiography, while exhaustively positing Strummer as one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Temple's film is a fittingly conscientious and absorbing tribute to his complex, contradictory personality."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"Miracle of miracles, a valuable portrait of Strummer manages to emerge from the chaos, helped by the film's one consistent thread: tapes of a BBC World Service radio show he hosted in his final years."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Temple has plenty of cinematic tricks and willing interview subjects."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"This offers Strummer fans unlimited access to the man behind the legend. Though it really is for fans - who should run and buy it."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"Temple gets at the heart of Strummer's character, at the unbridled joy that existed within his righteous anger, the satisfaction of knowing he was on the right side of history and hadn't had to sell any part of himself to get there."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"One of the most compelling documentary portraits of a musician yet made."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Temple, who chronicled the Sex Pistols...offers the full, sometimes bloated, context of Strummer's life through the testimony of his many friends and collaborators."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Compelling viewing, even for people who don't care a bit for the punk scene."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The big unanswerable question is: Do we wish Strummer would have listened to David Lee Roth's advice that "You don't have to take life so seriously, honey"?"
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"The film is the work of an admirer, but not an uncritical one."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"'Should you stay or should you go' really is the ultimate question."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
More reviews for Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten on Rotten Tomatoes