Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams

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Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams
Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams.jpg
Film poster
Directed byMat Whitecross
Produced by
  • Hannah Clark
  • Fiona Neilson
  • Stefan Demetriou
Starring
Music by
Production
company
Trafalgar Releasing
Distributed byAmazon Video
Release date
  • November 14, 2018 (cinematic release)
  • November 16, 2018 (streaming)
Running time
109 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Box office$3.5 million[2]

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams is a music documentary directed by Mat Whitecross about British band Coldplay, documenting their beginnings and rise to fame. The film received a single-day release on November 14, 2018 in select cinemas globally and was available to stream on Amazon Video two days later. It was met with lukewarm reviews.

Production[edit]

The film documents the band's history, from their first rehearsal in a student bedroom to their A Head Full of Dreams Tour.[3] It was filmed over 20 years by longtime friend of the group Mat Whitecross and was compiled after he had directed Oasis documentary Supersonic.[4] In an interview with Vulture, Whitecross revealed that the lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin, was unenthusiastic about the idea of a film being made about the band. Martin eventually allowed it to be made, but was unwilling to watch it himself.[5]

Release[edit]

Coldplay announced the documentary on their official website on October 12, 2018.[6] The film was released worldwide in 2,650 cinemas in more than 70 countries for a single day, November 14, 2018.[7] It grossed $3.5 million worldwide, selling more than 300,000 tickets and reached number 1 at the box office in the Netherlands, number 2 in the United Kingdom, Australia and Italy and number 5 in the United States.[8] It was available to stream on Amazon Video two days later after three live songs had been premiered on Amazon Music on October 26.[9]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 67% based on 6 reviews, and an average rating of 6.5/10.[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]

Peter Bradshaw, writing for The Guardian, gave the film three stars out of five and wrote "This is a watchable, if blandly celebratory and unchallenging portrait of a massive rock institution."[12] Time Out's Phil de Semlyen gave the documentary the same score, saying "It may not win over the haters but this Coldplay doc-stroke-concert film packs in plenty of story and spectacle."[13] Owen Gleiberman was generally disappointed with the film, writing "Mat Whitestone [sic] shot footage of Coldplay for 20 years. His kaleidoscopic rock doc shows you a lot but reveals too little of the band's pop passion" and added "Even if you're a fan of the band (which I am), the movie may leave you wanting."[14]

David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a B+ grade, saying "While nothing in your life may come as easily to you as everything in Coldplay’s lives seems to have come to them, this delightful and unexpectedly inspiring documentary has a funny way of making your dreams seem closer than they might appear."[15] Ben Travis, writing for Empire, gave the film three out of five, summarized his review thus: "Mat Whitecross draws compelling lines between Coldplay’s past and present in a documentary as colourful and optimistic as its namesake album. It’s one for the fans — even the ones too reluctant to admit that they are."[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams (15)". www.bbfc.co.uk. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (November 15, 2018). "Documentary 'Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams' Takes $3.5M Box Office In One Night For Trafalgar Releasing". Deadline. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Reed, Ryan (October 12, 2018). "Coldplay Prep Career-Spanning Band Documentary 'A Head Full of Dreams'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "A Head Full of Dreams documentary celebrates 20 years of Coldplay". The Independent. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Ducker, Eric. "The Story Behind Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams". Vulture. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "A Head Full Of Dreams film announced". Coldplay. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (November 16, 2018). "Film News Roundup: Coldplay Documentary 'Head Full of Dreams' Grosses $3.5 Million in One Day". Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams sells 300k tickets in one night". IQ Magazine. November 16, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Coldplay Prepping 20-Year Anniversary 'A Head Full Of Dreams' Movie". Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (November 7, 2018). "Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams review – schooldays to stadiums". The Guardian. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams (2018), directed by Mat Whitecross - Film review". Time Out London. November 9, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  14. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (November 18, 2018). "Film Review: 'Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams'". Variety. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  15. ^ Ehrlich, David (November 16, 2018). "'Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams' Review: A Fun Movie for Fans and Haters". IndieWire. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  16. ^ Travis, Ben. "Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams". Empire. Retrieved December 3, 2018.

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