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About the Movie
REVENGE OF THE MEKONS charts the unlikely musical career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being—as rock critic Greil Marcus notes—“the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no discernible musical skill to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary follows the band's improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country, forays into the art world, and persistent, improbable bad luck with major record labels. Featuring interviews with celebrated fans, from author Jonathan Franzen (THE CORRECTIONS) to film director Mary Harron (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL) to comedian/musician Fred Armisen (PORTLANDIA), REVENGE OF THE MEKONS reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 16
- Fresh: 14
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Adapting to the times, both in sensibility and in membership, the Mekons are depicted less as a band than as a democratic ideal - or perhaps an attitude, which the movie makes contagious.
Fresh: It asserts that clearly the Mekons' revenge has been their continued success, in making music with friends completely on their own terms.
Fresh: What Angio captures, beautifully, is that the Mekons make great music because, together and apart, they're so alive to the world around them.
Fresh: If they symbolize anything, the Mekons represent every musically curious and adventurous group that matures without calcifying, or falling apart.