Watch: Good Vibrations 2012 123movies, Full Movie Online – In 1970s Belfast, Terri Hooley is an idealistic rocker who finds himself caught in the middle of Northern Ireland’s bitter Troubles. Seeing a parallel in the chaos with Jamaica, Hooley opens a record shop, Good Vibrations, to help bring reggae music to his city to help encourage some harmony. However, Hooley soon discovers a new music genre, punk rock, and is inspired by its youthful vitality to become an important record producer and promoter of the local scene. In doing so, Hooley would struggle both with the industry’s realities and his chaotic personal life that threaten to consume him. However, he would also be instrumental in creating an alternative Irish community that would bridge his land’s religious and social rivalries with an art no one expected..
Plot: The story of music legend Terri Hooley, a key figure in Belfast’s punk rock scene. Hooley founded the Good Vibrations store from which a record label sprung, representing bands such as The Undertones, Rudi and The Outcasts.
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An entertaining music biopic
This is a biopic about Terri Hooley, the owner of Good Vibrations record shop and record label. His biggest claim to fame was in getting The Undertones seminal single Teenage Kicks to DJ John Peel. Considering that this became Peel’s favourite song of all time, this is something of note. I hadn’t heard of Hooley, or Good Vibrations but this isn’t too surprising seeing as – aside from The Undertones who were only involved with him briefly – the other punk bands on his label were very minor players such as The Outcasts and Rudi. It’s probably fair to say that the movie overstates the significance of Hooley and of Belfast as a punk capital.
Nevertheless, this is still a good film. It successfully illustrates how punk rock served a different purpose in Belfast compared to most other places. It happened during the height of The Troubles and music was a means of bringing people together from both sides of the fence, while the youthful anger of punk rock tapped into something very relevant in a population living in grim times with the fear of violence a constant situation. To help give a better feel for the times there are actual newsreels from the period spliced into the story. Although the politics always hover in the background and never really move into the central ground of the story. This is above all a story about the love of music and its power to overcome wider concerns. Although, admittedly it failed to bring an end to the civil war, seeing as it lasted for a further twenty years.
The story is a fairly standard feel-good biopic with a little bit of adverse drama thrown in about two thirds of the way in. In fairness, it’s only being true to its source material which is fairly slight to begin with. The period setting is captured quite well in its beige horror although there were some (very) dodgy wigs on display. This will connect most with folks who remember the punk times, especially ones who were in Belfast at the time. But it is a good film about a minor piece of music history.
Committments style feel good gritty film
A good film to go and see. The protagonist, Terri Hooley, is a self obsessed music lover who stumbles across punk while running his independent record shop in Belfast in the late 70’s early 80’s and goes about promoting and recording punk bands from Northern Ireland.
The acting is great, great script and unlike the Commitments this is a true story.
Positives: Filmed in colour and atmosphere that portrays the era. The subtle humour and the last line of the movie which I will not give away but will stand as a great movie quote.
Negatives: Adrian Dunbar’s wig – Cheap is not the word for it.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Biography, Drama, Music
Director Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Writer Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson
Actors Cathal Maguire, Peter Kelly, Charlie Berkeley
Country United Kingdom, Ireland
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award4 wins & 6 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Red One MX, Hawk V-Lite Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Redcode RAW (4.5K)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Hawk Scope (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm