Review: ‘Oasis: Supersonic’ is the story, morning glory

Documentary delves into the tale of the ’90s British rockers

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Oasis wasn’t built to last. The British band with the warring Gallagher brothers at its center was meant to shine bright and burn out, which is more or less what it did.

The new documentary “Oasis: Supersonic” paints that rise and fall as a little more swift than it was. Filmmaker Mat Whitecross cuts off the film after the band’s massive performances at Knebworth in August 1996 when the group played for a reported 250,000 fans.

He leaves out what followed: A third album, “Be Here Now,” where the bloat and excess of the band’s lifestyle can be heard on every track, along with four more albums and another 13 years of petulant shenanigans. If Oasis really would have split in 1996 — the film makes the argument it should have, and the brothers seem to agree — Oasis would have gone out as legends, rather than a band that limped to the finish line well after its race was over.

Still, “Supersonic” captures the madness of Oasis from an insider’s perspective. Certain topics are totally ignored — the group’s rivalry with Blur is unmentioned — in favor of a tight focus on the group’s origins and its first five years together.

And, of course, there are the Gallagher brothers, who have never met a quote they couldn’t make dance. Noel admits his jealousy of little brother Liam’s swagger and the way he wears a parka is a part of his rivalry with him; adding in drugs and fans and millions of dollars to an already combustible mix didn’t help.

But they needed each other, and “Supersonic” explores their dynamic, and how it all got caught beneath the landslide in a champagne supernova in the sky.

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‘Oasis: Supersonic’


Rated R: for pervasive language and some drug material

Running time: 122 minutes