Liam Gallagher: As It Was review – dull profile of the rock’n’roll star

There’s little sign of the former Oasis frontman’s sparky personality in this documentary

The Liam Gallagher of old, with his shrapnel wit and swaggering crusade against being “suckered in by the dickheads”, would have tossed a grenade into the editing suite rather than sanction a doc that is more extended corporate rebranding exercise than it is rock’n’roll. But as this plodding portrait, which follows Gallagher post-Oasis, is at pains to point out, he is a softy at heart who loves his mum and his kids. Yawn. Surely the whole point of Gallagher is that he’s a raging maverick with no patience for industry spin, who thrives on grudges and who would never, ever, allow a director to play Ave Maria over a montage of a studio recording session.

Watch a trailer for Liam Gallagher: As It Was.


Wendy Ide

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