The mockumentary rockumentary is not exactly uncharted territory – Spinal Tap, the Rutles, Metallica (oh, no, wait, that one was real..) – is there more to say? I’m a longtime follower of Shane Meadows & though his work can be a bit patchy, when it works it’s beautiful and heartfelt. But I wondered what he’d bring to this genre.
Needn’t have worried. With the versatile, extraordinary Paddy Considine as a low-rent roadie with big aspirations, at least one half of the titular roles is in safe hands. What then about Scor-Zay-Zee? My fear was that it would be too easy to take a snide look at “wigger” rappers, but we seem to be encouraged to take him seriously as a genuine talent. Not really my scene, but he seems to have something. (Actually, if I’m honest, he did slightly remind me of a rapping Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais’s downbeat sidekick).
With some very funny moments and the occasional passing Arctic Monkey (Matt Helders acquits himself very well in particular), it’s perhaps a bit lightweight, but at least you have the distinct, warm feeling that everyone had fun making it. And I had fun watching it, too – which seems like a fair deal.