Screen Media Films

Brian Jones formed the Rolling Stones in 1962, helped create the band’s signature “guitar weaving” sound, personified swinging ’60s style, endured multiple drug-related arrests and drowned to death at the age of 27 only weeks after getting booted from his own band. All things considered, it seems nearly impossible to make a boring film about Jones—but first-time director Stephen Woolley manages to defy the odds. Leo Gregory is mediocre as Jones, merely scratching the surface of this complex figure, but the bigger problem is the treatment of Frank Thorogood (Paddy Considine), the builder often suspected of murdering Jones (he made a “deathbed confession” of dubious merit). Thorogood should be our point of identification as he’s pulled into Jones’ druggy orbit, but we’re never interested.