Being a big Oasis fan, I had a feeling that the movie was going to be full throttle for the entire 2 hour duration of the film. Crude language, belligerent stories, Mancunian accents, drug abuse and loud music was the Oasis way; and I wasn’t disappointed. The crowd itself at the premiere was quite rowdy to begin with. Beer was flowing, and every second person was either wearing some sort of English football or Manchester City jersey. The best part for me, was the fact that most of the crowd consisted of English expats who are now working and living in Edmonton. This gave the movie a very unique and genuine feel because there were a bunch of true Oasis blokes living the lifestyle. People were chanting and singing all over the place. It was absolutely mental.
The Pint on Whyte hosted both the pre and after party for the movie. For the low price of $10, fans got a ticket to the premiere, a school bus ride to and from the theatre, a free drink ticket, and a classic Oasis Live concert viewing party at the Pint. This chain of events quickly got everybody in the mood, especially considering the fact that it was only a Monday night.
The movie itself, focuses on the quick rise to stardom which happened between 1994 and 1996. It begins and ends with footage from the now legendary Knebworth gigs, were Oasis performed two sold-out shows back to back in front of 125,000 fans on August 10th and 11th, 1996. In those two nights Oasis performed live in front of a quarter of a million people, and roughly 2.5 million people had requested tickets. This moment in the group’s history represents their greatest achievement, and arguably, the beginning of the end. Ultimately, the very publicized sibling rivalry of lead singer Liam Gallagher, and lead guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher would lead to the band splitting in 2009.
However, the film doesn't tread too deeply in the band’s later years, rather, it focuses on their amazing influence on defining a generation. It looks at their transition from indie rock startups to mainstream success as they travel across Europe, Japan and America in support of their first two albums.
After forming the group in the early 90’s, their first album Definitely Maybe was released in 1994. After heavy touring and much debauchery, Oasis released their second album in 1995; (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? Major hits like Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back in Anger, and Champagne Supernova pushed the band to new levels of fame. Simply put, the three years between Definitely Maybe and Knebworth is what Supersonic shows the audience. It is a rollercoaster ride of never before seen images and videos which gives the viewer a clear and vivid Oasis history lesson.
Brothers Liam and Noel haven’t talked to each other since the band’s original split in 2009, but their respective commentary in the film is hilarious. Even though they recorded voice overs for the film separately, it’s feels as though they are talking back and forth the whole time. They truly enjoy cracking jokes at the others expense and belittling one another. However, they are both quick to agree that they were the last true rock and roll band to come around.
This movie provided a real flash of good old 90’s nostalgia, and it didn’t feel like a 2 hour film at all. Thanks to the many jokes, drinks, misadventures and chauvinistic attitude, Oasis: Supersonic was a very enjoyable watch.