DVD review | Killing Bono – Rock ‘n’ roll dreams fall flat for U2’s classmates

Killing Bono

Breezy comedy caper Killing Bono recounts the true-ish story of music journalist Neil McCormick’s misadventures in the rock business from the moment in 1976 when a classmate at school in Dublin pipped him to the role of front man for a new band. The rival was Paul ‘Bono’ Hewson and the band went on to become globe-conquering U2, leaving Neil (Ben Barnes) eaten up with envy as he pursued his own rock dreams in late-70s and 80s London alongside brother Ivan (Misfits star Robert Sheehan).

Like an overlong guitar solo, the film sags badly in the middle as mouthy Neil sabotages his own career again and again, but co-writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais provide plenty of gags and the performances are full of vim, not least from the late Pete Postlethwaite as the brothers’ very camp landlord (sadly, his last screen appearance).

Released on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment.


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