Jeff Tremaine, director of the Jackass films, tries to deliver an actual narrative movie—and bombs miserably with The Dirt,a lame Netflix biopic on Mötley Crüe.
Based on the book that was written by members of the band, the film covers Mötley Crüe from its formation … and makes a mess of the whole thing. For starters, Tommy Lee lookalike Machine Gun Kelly delivers a bad performance as the iconic drummer, making him into more of a cartoon than he already is.
Daniel Webber is an annoying prick as lead singer Vince Neil … but Neil is an annoying prick in real life, too, so I guess he gets a pass. Douglas Booth renders bassist Nikki Sixx boring, while Iwan Rheon is the closest thing to any fun as old, grumpy guitarist Mick Mars.
I’ll confess: I’ve never liked the band. I find the music amateurish and shitty, so it would be difficult for me to like any film about Mötley Crüe. However, I know how to evaluate movies—and we are talking some bad acting here, and the film offers nothing revelatory whatsoever about the group. (They had groupies; they did drugs, blah, blah, blah.) I never thought I’d see a rock biopic that annoyed me more than Bohemian Rhapsody, but here you go.
The Dirt is now streaming on Netflix.