Kyle Anderson
November 05, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

Revenge of the Mekons

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
95 minutes
performer
Vito Acconci, Fred Armisen, Rico Bell
director
Joe Angio

We gave it a C

Despite adoration from such tastemakers as Lester Bangs and Fred Armisen, the British punk-country outfit the Mekons have remained a cult product for most of the past 30-plus years, thanks to a difficult-to-quantify sound and sheer bad luck. Director Joe Angio presents the group’s music with the contagious enthusiasm of a diehard, but exuberance is no substitute for storytelling, and Revenge of the Mekons is in desperate need of a narrative path. Not even the buoyant, self-deprecating spirit that spills from the band members can mask the fact that Angio never makes the most fundamental case: why there should be a Mekons movie in the first place. C

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