Big question: Yes, Brian Jones was a founding member of the Rolling Stones and, yes, he dabbled with Mary Jane, but is that all there is to "Stoned"?
Skip it: "Stoned" depicts Jones (Leo Gregory) as a sloppy, eccentric addict, not a mad genius and fallen talent too messed up to write music. Jones comes off like a hedonistic burnout whose history is no more gripping than any other rock 'n' roll cautionary tale.
Catch it if: You're a fan of old-fashioned modern rock (think The White Stripes and The Bees). Sorry, no Rolling Stones songs found here.
Bottom line: For much of "Stoned," underlings agonize over their inability to control the unfocused, wandering Jones; in the end, director Stephen Woolley's flick suffers from the same problem.
Bonus: If you're trying to convince your friends the Rolling Stones are boring old has-beens, well, here's exhibit A.
Directed by Stephen Woolley; written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade; photographed by John Mathieson; edited by Sam Sneade; production designed by John Beard; music by David Arnold; produced by Woolley, Finola Dwyer. A Screen Media Films release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:43. No MPAA rating. Adult (for nudity, sexuality, language, drug use and violence).
Brian Jones - Leo Gregory
Frank Thorogood - Paddy Considine
Anita Pallenberg - Monet Mazur
Tom Keylock - David Morrissey
Keith Richards - Ben Whishaw
Mick Jagger - Luke de Woolfson
Janet - Amelia Warner
Bill Wyman - Josef AltinCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun