Review of the new documentary about the seminal britpop band Oasis from the producers of “Amy” and “Senna”
By Carter Bagley
Oasis are no doubt one of my all time favorite bands. It seems that lately that’s kind of an uncool opinion to have as the endless sibling rivalry between lead singer Liam Gallagher and lead guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher has been their most defining trait for their entire career. Ever since their 2009 split they haven’t spoken to each other and even though there’s been rumors of a reunion nothing has happened yet. Despite being a bit washed up, back in the mid-90’s they were the greatest rock and roll band on the entire planet, and I firmly believe that. So it only makes sense that the guys who made the
amazing documentary “Amy” along with director Mat Whitecross would tackle such subject matter like Oasis and that’s exactly what happened with “Oasis: Supersonic”. Starting as a poor family from Manchester living alone with their mom and their older brother, Noel & Liam Gallagher were never fit to be anything other than rock stars. Noel was always the quiet, independent thoughtful one who wrote and played guitar while Liam was always the cool, funny and confident one with the better looks. They didn’t don’t go well together at all but for some reason their relationship is what makes Oasis work so well. The film follows them from when Noel was a drum technician for the forgotten madchester band Inspiral Carpets and Liam was doing lead vocals for a band called The Rain. Noel happened upon one of their gigs and showed them a bunch of songs he wrote and pretty soon he was in the band under the name Oasis. What followed the next few years is complete madness and the stuff of legend. The way Whitecross approached this film is very interesting as it doesn’t have any scenes where it shows them interviewing someone and it’s not just a biography. It opts instead for an in depth look at the band’s biblical rise and takeover of the British music scene. Noel and Liam both gave great insight on the times depicted in the film and the crew got their hands on a surprising amount of quality footage to use for the film. Fueled with interesting behind the scenes stories, fantastic interviews and plenty of the band’s genre-defining songs to give you an experience as if you were truly witnessing these crazy frenetic years in the lives of one of the world’s most phenomenal, brash and tumultuous rock bands. It’s easy to write off the band as just a forgettable 90’s act but seeing the impact they had on an entire continent and listening to their early albums it’s almost impossible to deny that these guys created some truly amazing songs. It all leads up to the legendary two-night concert at Knebworth where the band played to 250,000 people in one of the most hyped concerts of the past quarter century. Liam and Noel say some amazing lines that really give the film a personal and sentimental feel as if they’re talking in the same room together, however they were interviewed separately. Ironically these are the guys who poetically sang the lines “Don’t look back in anger, I heard you say” yet it seems they’re the ones who do it the most. “Oasis: Supersonic” transcends the genre of the average rockumentary to instead tell an inspirational and epic tale of brotherhood, self-fulfillment, and it captures the moment and the impact these guys had perfectly all to the sound of some great definitive rock songs. If you’re a fan of Oasis, documentaries, rock and roll or just epic stories in general than you should definitely not miss this film.