HEY HEY IT'S THE MONKEES!
Paige Turner | Hawaii | 06/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok...so there's a little artistic license taken to increase the drama in the movie, but all in all, this is a great, feel-good film. While some may feel the "happy ending" is rather cheesy, I like it because it's done in the style of the old Monkee episodes. The actors portraying the Pre-Fab Four did a terrific job and even resemble the original Monkees, especially Jeff Geddis portraying Mike Nesmith. I loved the Monkees as a kid, but never knew the true story behind the making of the show and why it only lasted for two seasons. This movie will give you an idea.What is worth the price of this DVD are the interviews with three of the Monkees that are included. You can still see the definite personalities of Jones, Tork, and Dolenz in these interviews and get more insight into how each viewed his Monkee experience and what each did once the series was cancelled.The running commentaries by each of these three Monkees are priceless. I watched the film 3 times in a row, and each time the film was different because of the running commentary. Mickey Dolenz is hilarious and zany throughout the entire film; his commentary kept me in stitches. Peter is more introspective, analytical and pragmatic, pointing out inaccuracies in the film. Davy Jones has a lot to say--he comments throughout the entire film, providing insights and interesting personal revelations. Their diverse commentaries and interviews makes for an interesting movie. I highly recommend this DVD for any Monkees fan."
Bad Movie; Great DVD
corysnyder | Minnetonka, MN United States | 03/21/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a Monkee fan, I was thrilled when I heard this biopic was going into production & incredibly disappointed when it aired. While largely accurate as to what really happened, the film seemed cheesy & awkward, with not enough Monkee music & a jaw-droppingly silly happy ending. The DVD, however, is wonderful! Not only can you skip right to the movie's best parts (i.e. the "All of Your Toys" segment), but it contains FOUR commentary tracks - three of which are by actual Monkees: Davy Jones, Peter Tork, & Micky Dolenz. Tork's is an interesting factual account of how the movie compares to reality; Micky's is a silly track that gives the movie the razzing it deserves; and, best of all, is Davy's rambling & sometimes crazy commentary track which gives great insight into his life, his mindset, & his relationship with the reclusive Mike Nesmith. If you're interested in The Monkees, skip this film when it airs on cable & pick up the DVD instead!"
Great interviews - not so great story!!
Melissa, age 26 | PETERBOROUGH, CAMBS England | 09/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You've seen from the other reviews and from the interviews that this film did not exactly hold true to what really happened. It took a while to get used to the actors - despite each of them doing a great job at being the originals. They even walked and moved like the originals which was brilliant. Mike's clone didnt have enough of a Texas accent for me - and didnt quite capture the original Mike's cool, mardy, mysteriousness. It showed him as a family man but forgot to mention how rocky the relationship he had with Phyllis was - which im lead to believe was volatile in the extreme because of Mike's gittishness. He also had an affair and a child with someone else in 1968 as far as I know and that was conveniently omitted. Would'ave been nice if the other's relationships had been covered too. And yes it was weird that Micky had curly hair when that wasnt the case in the first series! Would'ave been fantastic to hear Mike's commentary - you get the distinct impression that Peter and Davy didnt like him - the more I hear the worse he sounds unfortunately.The screen tests are brilliant - the Davy one is absolutely spot on and the Mike one is not far behind!! I want to see Peter and Micky's ones - where have they gone? This film is not great but the version with the commentaries is good from all 3 in different ways.Davy and Micky in particular come across really well - and Peter is kind and supportive of them which is nice.Thats enough rambling - may give you an idea anyway!!Buy this and give it a watch - if you liked or like the Monkees it will re-whet your appetite!!"
Here they come
chad ledoux | baton rouge, la. | 01/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"well first off, i'm a huge monkees, fan, and know most of the history behind the group. so that being said, daydream beleievers: the monkees story, is pretty good. there are some creative liberties taken, bert and bob become one person, don kirshner being involved from the very beginning. and the really cheesy (and i really hate this word) ending. i guess if the filmakers had more money, more detail would have been given. i would like to see a miniseries on them one day. but all the actors are very good, recreating the essense of davy, micky, peter, and mike. their are some good special features, video interviews with davy, micky, and peter. but the best thing is the audio commentaries by the guys themselves. micky's is hilarious, davy's is really insightful, and peter's is a bit odd, he hardly talks, but offers some cool insights also. but any monkee fan will want this dvd edition, just for these commentaries."