The Commitments
Title: The Commitments
Release year: 1991
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball
Rating: 4/5

Jimmy Rabbitte, an unemployed Dublin boy, decides to put together a soul band made up entirely of the Irish working class.

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A Dublin Soul Explosion: A Review of "The Commitments"

2024-03-07

“The Commitments” is a 1991 comedy-drama directed by Alan Parker that bursts onto the scene with the raw energy of a working-class soul band. Set in Dublin, the film follows Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), a young man with a vision of putting together a group that captures the fire of American soul music.

His unlikely recruits come from the local Dublin underbelly – a charismatic but egotistical singer (Andrew Strong), a soulful lead singer (Angeline Ball) overlooked for her background, and a motley crew of musicians with unmatched talent and varying levels of commitment (as the title suggests).

The brilliance of “The Commitments” lies in its authenticity. The film is a hilarious and heartwarming exploration of cultural clashes, musical passion, and the struggles of a tight-knit community. The cast, comprised mostly of non-professionals, delivers raw and believable performances, capturing the grit and determination of their characters.

The true star of the show, however, is the music. The soundtrack is a powerhouse of soul classics, performed with an infectious energy that will have you tapping your feet and wanting to join the band on stage.

While the film doesn’t shy away from the challenges the band faces – internal conflicts, clashing egos, and the ever-present realities of working-class life – it ultimately celebrates the power of music to unite and uplift.

“The Commitments” isn’t perfect. The narrative can be a bit loose at times, and some character development is sacrificed for the fast-paced energy. However, its flaws are easily overshadowed by its infectious enthusiasm, phenomenal soundtrack, and its celebration of the underdog spirit.

So, crank up the volume and get ready for a joyous ride. “The Commitments” is a must-watch for anyone who loves music, a good laugh, and a story about chasing your dreams, no matter how outlandish they may seem.

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