Director: Antonino D’Ambrosio
Writers: Antonino D’Ambrosio
Cast: Chuck D, Ian McKaye, Shepard Fairey, Lewis Black and Eugene Hutz
Studio: Cavu Pictures

You can actually make a serious documentary about the 1980s! “Let Fury Have The Hour” is a first time offering from director D’Ambrosio. While the film relies heavily on montage and music, it doesn’t overpower the film. Having important voices like John Sayles frame the discussion helps, but people like Black keep it lively. This is a double-sided attack at the policies of Thatcher and Reagan. Plus, we see how these two conservative tyrants actually made the arts scene better due to the struggle.

The majority of the movie suffers from quick cuts and too many talking heads. But, how can you do these kinds of retrospectives without falling back into those traps? I appreciate the effort and some of the insanely great quotes to come out of it. It just feels like half of the movie is something I’ve seen before and the other half is what I already felt. Preaching to the choir isn’t a crime, but it just leaves me feeling meh. Chalk that up to whatever you want.

When it comes to the content, I have a hard time buying all of it. No art was suppressed in the 1980s, it was just the political climate came across a little harsher. That’s not stopping the product of this art and people aren’t getting jailed like Pussy Riot. There’s this weird undercurrent to the whole affair that leaves me scratching my head. If there was no substantial conflict, then what were they raging against?


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