I haven’t done a movie review in so long. I’ve become so lazy with my viewing habits lately, simply because by the time I get home I can’t be bothered to concentrate on much so I usually just stick on a show I’ve seen so many times before. But I was scrolling through my phone the other day and found a screenshot of the movie Modern Life Is Rubbish – so I decided there and then to watch it.
Modern Life Is Rubbish is your typical story of a boy trying to make it as a rockstar whilst also trying to keep his relationship afloat. Liam (Josh Whitehouse) and Natalie (Freya Mavor) meet at university and bond over their passion for music – old records, classic rock bands such as Blur etc. They’re young and innocent and fall in love, which makes it all that harder as Liam struggles to get signed and Natalie struggles to make ends meet on one income in their flat.
Watching this movie made me feel young again and reminded me of those all-consuming relationships when you have when you’re younger; it’s you both against the world no matter how hard things get and you really believe love can conquer all. It was a nice reminder of that feeling; of course now I have grown up and I know this is no longer the case but personally I will always have a little bit of that innocence still deep down inside me and that belief!
Though the movie was corny in parts and – let’s face it – the storyline has been done a million times before – it was still a good watch. The ace soundtrack (consisting of bands such as Stereophonics, The 1975 and The Libertines) gives the movie a cooler vibe and stops it being too corny. I’d describe it as a UK version of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
The casting is great for an indie and below the radar production. Josh Whitehouse, of course, is already known for his role in Poldark and plays the role of brooding and emotional wannabe rockstar well. His character was likeable, but at times I struggled to sympathise with him, for example in the scene where he’s drunk and angry at his situation and causes a massive scene at an important event for Natalie. I found it hard to understand the reasoning behind this – but looking back to when I was younger, I can maybe understand that we’ve all been in situations where our frustration – and being under the influence – has us do stupid things.
His inability to even accept modern music was quite unbelievable, however – just because you upgrade to an iPod or an iPhone doesn’t mean you have to give up records or replace them!
Freya Mavor played her part exceptionally well and was very believable in her role as a wide-eyed uni student who quickly grows up and almost leaves her boyfriend in the dust. She was extremely relatable and likeable.
However, overall, I did struggle to understand why the couple even found the need to break up in the first place – the movie didn’t broadcast many of their arguments or fights and it seemed that in the end they only broke up because of their money worries! It seemed clear throughout that their feelings for each other never wavered..but of course, this all made a good storyline (and one of the cutest romantic gestures in a movie in a long time!).
I did not understand the oddball character of the band’s manager at all. At times he seemed corny and at others just really oddball but not in a good way.
Overall, though the movie wasn’t necessarily deep or thought-provoking – I really enjoyed Modern Life Is Rubbish. It’s the type of movie I’d watch a few times, especially due to its awesome soundtrack.
Have you seen Modern Life Is Rubbish? Let me know your thoughts!