Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is an easy film to recommend. If you’re a fan of the band, then you should definitely want to check out the story of the band’s final concert –played in their hometown of Sheffield– and if you’re not a fan of the band, then you should check out the story of a band winding down, getting ready to stop playing, and wanting on last great night of rock and roll before they go.
Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of Pulp. I don’t dislike them; I just have no strong feelings one way or the other. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie for all the reasons I just stated and because of the examinations of the city of Sheffield and the band’s impact on the region.
People on the street talking about Pulp vs Blur, the band worried about how their performance will go because “it were alright” is the highest praise anyone will give. Vignettes of various local singing/dancing groups working with the band’s music all go a long way to really endear the band to the viewer.
Also, some examinations of the origins of some of their more famous songs are fascinating, and a vignette of a group of seniors singing “Help For The Aged” is almost worth the price of admission alone.
Plus, the concert itself is friggin’ fantastic.
All in all Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is a fun documentary about a band’s swan song, which is totally worth checking out. If you’re here in Vancouver, you have one more chance this Sunday, the 5th, at the Rio Theatre. No word on a general release yet, so check it out while you can.