Movie review: 'Supersonic' captures Oasis at its glorious rock 'n' roll peak

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

"Oasis was just like a fucking Ferrari," notes the band's singer Liam Gallagher early in the documentary "Oasis: Supersonic." "Great to look at. Great to drive. And it would fuckin' spin out of control every now and again when you went too fast."

"Oasis: Supersonic" spins into theaters for one night only - Wednesday, Oct. 26 (aka tonight) - which seems an appropriate nod to a band that burned so bright so fast, especially in its homeland of the U.K.

"Supersonic" serves as an oral history of the band's birth and meteoric rise in the early- and mid-90s, and it's an intimate portrait built on interviews and a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage from the day.

"Supersonic" captures the charm of peak-Oasis bluster. "I want the severed head of Phil Collins in my fridge by the end of this decade," announces guitarist Noel Gallagher. "And if I haven't, I'll be a failure."

Of course, the infamous sibling rivalry between Noel and Liam is a topic, although it's interesting in juxtaposition against their shared hatred of their father. "Liam's like a dog," says Noel. "And I'm like a cat."

But "Supersonic" is also a testament to the stadium-ready anthems that marked this band's career. It's chill-inducing to see the vocal recording of "Champagne Supernova" played out against the song being played to tens of thousands of rapturous fans.

The doc focuses tightly on the band's zenith, ending chronologically on Oasis' back-to-back nights of playing to a British record-breaking crowd of 125,000 people. Coincidentally, the requests for tickets indicated they could have sold out 20 nights in a row. That's 2.5 million people. That's how big this band was.

For fans of the band (like local superfan Brian Andrew Mayes), seeing "Supersonic" is an obvious must. But this is also one of the finest rock docs of the year.

"Oasis: Supersonic"

7 & 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26

Gateway Film Center

3½ stars out of 4