Julien Temple's Sex Pistols documentary, THE FILTH AND THE FURY, remains one of the best of the punk-rock docs, a bracing blast of energy that reminds audiences just why the band was so exciting and so relevant to their time. Unfortunately, Temple's treatment of The Clash, particularly the band's lead singer, Joe Strummer, who died unexpectedly in 2002, is far less involving.
The film opens with a bang: An impossibly young Strummer, circa 1977, is alone in the studio and laying down the vocal track for the Clash's first single, "White Riot." Dymo Label tape credits, punk rock as urgent as an air-raid siren — the feeling is just right. Temple then dips back ...