Bros: After the Screaming Stops review – sly documentary on the former pop stars

Estranged siblings Matt and Luke Goss make contrasting subjects in this look at life after stardom

This witty documentary about 80s pop band Bros focuses on tattooed twins Matt and Luke Goss; as was the case in their prime, bassist Craig Logan is ignored. Since their split circa 1992, drummer Luke moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Hollywood, starring in films such as Hellboy II (“Guillermo del Toro loves him,” assures a talking head). Singer Matt, meanwhile, continued making music, securing a Las Vegas residency and finding solace in crystals. Grafter Luke claims his frontman brother was always the favourite, but the film is firmly on his side, gleefully complicit in making fun of Matt. (“He was a rectangle, and I was a rectangle, and together we made a square,” he philosophises.)

It all builds towards a reunion gig at London’s O2 Arena, reuniting the estranged brothers, precipitating their midlife crises and forcing them to reckon with their washed-up stardom. If their 1987 hit song When Will I Be Famous? is the call, this film is the bitterly ironic response.

Watch a trailer for Bros: After the Screaming Stops.

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Simran Hans

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