Morrissey 25: Live - film review by Charlotte O'Sullivan - London Evening Standard
Director James Russell is determined to give a voice to the crowd in this film celebrating 25 years of Morrissey as a solo artist, but the inanity of the fans makes a nonsense of the 54-year-old singer’s self-deprecating wit. Wait for the DVD release
In March, Morrissey — celebrating 25 years as a solo artist — played to a small crowd at Hollywood High School. First impressions are not good: his voice sounds thin and he moves with the awkward swagger of a man who's recently conquered his paunch. Still, a few songs in, the mood threatens to turn electric. But wait. The singer and the film's director, James Russell, seem determined to give a voice to the crowd. The inanity of the fans makes a nonsense of the 54-year-old singer’s self-deprecating wit ("I'll always hold my head up high...in a psychiatric unit"). "Thank you for living," says a woman and Morrissey, instead of retching, smiles. Wait for the DVD release. Such scenes are what the fast-forward button was made for.