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YMMV / Telstar: The Joe Meek Story

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  • Flanderization: Some have pointed out that Telstar spent too much time focusing on Meek as a Cloud Cuckoolander on his best days and Ax-Crazy on his worst, and not enough time stressing that he was not just a gifted producer, but also an all-around electronics whiz from a young age.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Joe Meek. He stiffs his musicians and is extremely demanding toward them, shows no respect to certain people who have been instrumental to his success, and his temper tantrums are the stuff of legend. And, in the end, he fatally shot his landlady before turning the gun on himself. But one can't help but feel sorry for him, as he is a brilliant producer who has to deal with myriad challenges; legal problems with his big hit "Telstar" allegedly plagiarizing another composition, his then-socially unacceptable homosexuality, and struggles with depression and paranoia. Even sadder, the lawsuit accusing him of stealing another song's melody for "Telstar" ruled in his favor mere weeks after his death.
  • Manly Gay: Heinz tries to pass himself off as such as he juggles life as a teen idol and life as Joe Meek's lover. But he eventually says that it was all a front to mess with Meek, though this is debatable as he wasn't thinking clearly in this scene.
    • The film was seen as an affront to Heinz's family, and even his ex-wife, who insisted that Heinz was always straight.
  • Narm:
    • Possibly a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar as well. The scene where Joe tells Clem how the drumbeat of "Telstar" should sound like — "boom-titty-boom-titty-boom-titty-boom."
    • There's also Joe mouthing the melody of the main "Telstar" riff as he discusses it with Geoff. The way it's delivered, you almost want to tell him to stick to production.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Gene Vincent, who was born and raised in Virginia, was played by British singer/guitarist Carl Barât. In some scenes, it seems as if Barât is having a hard time maintaining Vincent's Southern accent.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In real life, Meek wasn't impressed with The Beatles and told their manager Brian Epstein as much. This is dramatized by Meek tossing the would-be Fab Four's demo tape into a trash can as he promises Epstein over the phone that he'll see what he can do.
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    • As the film had a few real-life musician cameos, including Carl Barat as Gene Vincent and Justin Hawkins as Screaming Lord Sutch, it could be seen as a missed opportunity that Matt Bellamy of Muse was not cast as his father, Tornados rhythm guitarist George Bellamy.

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