Arriving at a top music festival for hi latest gig, Adam finds himself accidentally handcuffed to Morello. With no key in sight, the feuding pair have to get through the weekend as best as they can delivering not one, but two performances whilst having to placate a jealous girlfriend, an angry boyfriend and a lunatic manager. This is one weekend they will never forget.
Devon born Luke Treadaway was pretty busy last year, covering as much of the UK indie film scene as he could trying to kill both aliens and rock stars; whilst You Instead is the story of two feuding rock stars who find themselves inexplicably handcuffed together at a music festival where they are both due to perform.
Filmed at the real live music event T in the Park in Scotland You Instead is as close a visual demonstration of music festivals as I have ever seen; yet the mud, the drunks and the heightened emotions of the festival are not quite enough to save You Instead from the traditional and average monotony of the romantic comedy genre.
In the film Adam (Killing Bono and Attack the Block’s Treadaway) and Morello (Natalia Tena, who you might just recognize as the face changing Nymphadora Tonks from Harry Potter) are handcuffed together by a security guard after he becomes sick of the rather childish bickering. From here it is a fairly straightforward plot in which the two find that in fact, despite all their previous hatred and apparent differences, they are perfect for each other and fall widely in love.
This aspect of the story is interspersed with a few high emotion music interludes, including snippets from actual T in the Park performances from bands such as Biffy Clyro and Joe Mango. These, unfortunately, are the only truly interesting parts of the movie.