Contributions from people such as Stamp's movie star brother Terence (talking from a family perspective rather than that of a 'showbiz anecdote') and Mod celebrity Irish Jack create the effect. Through this dynamic we view the band themselves. An astonishing visual archive unfolds, which seems to chart from their very beginnings to present day, while Townsend and Daltrey slowly unravel the often fraught relationships with their fellow members. Daltrey is portrayed as the brash front man (described as a 'Street Fighter'), agitated by Townsend's position in the band, although thoroughly aware that their managers were taking them in a successful direction.
Townsend himself is shown as equally volatile in parts, but coached by Lambert into carving the band's musical destiny. The stories of band discord, Tommy and Keith Moon's antics are nothing that any music fan wouldn't have already known or imagined, however hearing the pair talk it through themselves gives the film a more personal feeling. Lambert & Stamp is fascinating rock 'n' roll tale told stylishly, as befits such subject matter. However straightforward the narrative, the exciting sounds and images of the time animate the journey of two young men searching for their dream and finding it. Absolutely essential viewing for aficionados of the band, and a captivating couple of hours for everyone else.
James Luxford | @JLFilm