What Motley Crue's The Dirt Showed Us
I'm sure at this point most of us have seen this movie by now, so this is not so much of a direct review of the movie itself, but how big of an impact the movie has made and the significance of it.
Its no secret that Motley Crue has had a major impact and surge in popularity among the public based upon the movie, especially among younger audiences. We see it on the internet, such as on YouTube with any video related to Motley Crue having a major increase in views and seeing comments such as "I am here because I just watched The Dirt." Now, I won't go to in-depth with the movie, but I will give a brief summary of what I think of it.
The Movie Itself
I really like this movie, I think everything about it was near perfect, I just wish it was a bit longer. I know it follows the timeline of the book, since it only goes up to the mid 2000s, but I think for the movie they could have added more details up to their final show in 2015. Maybe touch on a bit with their later albums and how they were made and what some of the tours were like. I also think it would have been interesting to touch on some of the darker moments in the band's history, such as some of the ghost stories and the occult themes that surrounded the band at some points. It's not a big deal that extra details were left out, but I liked this movie so much that I think if it was three hours instead of the hour and forty minutes, it would still be as engaging. Now, after seeing the movie for the first time and researching on the internet, some thoughts occurred to me that I think is important to share, and we will start with that now.
What Other Bands Can Learn
I seems to me until recently, Motley Crue had been on the backburner as far as popularity, and one movie seems to have changed that. After seeing the movie, it has me thinking, if Motley Crue can make a new wave of popularity based upon a movie, what can other bands that have faded some do if they had their own movie on their band history, and portray it as a drama? What if Iron Maiden, Megadeth, or even Saxon made their own movies based upon their beginnings and showed in a light-hearted, yet darker, way. Not that any of these bands have a problem with recognition, but I'm sure if they made these types of movies, it would reach a larger fanbase and maybe rekindle interest in those that have lost the passion for these bands for whatever reason. I think it would be a success if the right teams were used to make the movies. After thinking of this for a bit, another idea occurred to me that I think is an interesting discussion point to make as well.
Are Movies the Best Way to Reach a Younger Audience?
Obvious, the long time Crue fans have, for the most part, never waivered, but now Motley Crue has opened a larger market of fans because of this movie. If this is a way that bands, especially metal bands, can reach a younger audience, could heavy metal possibly rekindle its popularity among youth through movies? Now I know everyone has different opinions about if metal is dead or not, but I think we can all agree that metal does not have the recognition it used to. If newer bands, as in twenty year old or younger, could reach an audience through some type of media, like movies, I wonder if they could have the same success Motley Crue has had with The Dirt? I know budge is an issue, and finding a willing director and producer would be an even bigger issue, but I think this is an interesting idea to bounce around. Obviously, marketing is the key to success for any band, but with the internet and modern technology, it seems it would be easier than ever for a newer band to market themselves in an enthralling way. Of course, this leads me to my next point.
Why was The Dirt Popular?
Why was this movie so popular, it portrays the rock star lifestyle that many people dream to achieve. I know we have all heard the statements "Hip Hop killed rock n roll", or "rap killed metal", but very few times we hear a reason being. It is because, as Gene Simmons once said, these genres became the new rock genres. They portray the rock star lifestyle that people are attracted to, and rock and metal lost touch of that and became too boring for people. We know a lot of bands have fun stories of chaos, debauchery, and decadence, so why not show that in the movies in a fun way? I think if bands took note of what The Dirt showed, a lot of interest would be generated again, especially among younger audiences.
So what do you think? Do you agree with many of these ideas and points or do you think I do not know what I am talking about? I think it is clear that heavy metal wants some more recognition again, and these are just some ideas to keep note of if a newer bands want to get recognized or older bands want to rekindle interest. If The Dirt proved anything, its that people are attracted to rock stars, but rock stars need to start portraying themselves as rock stars again if they hope to be noticed.
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