VIFF Review: Pulp

VIFF 2014


Pulp 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 bands 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 but also because of the examinations of the city of Sheffield and the bands impact on the region.

People on the street talking about Pulp vs. Blur, the band worried about how their performance will go over because “it were alright” is the highest praise anyone will give, and vignettes of various local singing / dancing groups working with the bands 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 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 on this Sunday the 5th at the Rio Theatre. No word on a general release yet so check it out while you can.