Ok, I just re-watched this with Walter for the first time. I rewatched while he viewed this for the first time. I'd had a good idea of the history of this, having read Deborah Curtis' book about her life with Ian and the early days of Joy Division.
I found it to be solid and brief. Steve Coogan is perfect as Tony Wilson, the guru for the Manchester music scene that came out of the late 70's and early to mid-80's. He a complete fuck. I mean, he's just a bastard through and through, and he's a joy to watch as such. The rest of the cast is noticeable, sure, but not nearly as memorable. If you never knew anything about the new wave scene, you'd still find this enjoyable, but if you were looking for truth or deeper meaning here, you won't find it. Between the account of the Happy Monday's early days and Tony's extramarital affairs, you really will find just a lot about the music. If you want to know more about New Order/Joy Division this isn't it. Rent New Order's Story, that actually has the band talking about themselves. Control was all about Deborah and Ian Curtis.
I do have to admit though, it's got great one liners for those in the know of the Madchester scene, and it's a fun movie to throw on in a party.