Longtime British producer Stephen Woolley -- most notably of such Neil Jordan films as "The Crying Game" and "Interview With the Vampire" -- makes his directing debut with the lethargic drama "Stoned." An account of the final months of founding Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who drowned in 1969, the film is a hodgepodge of bohemian decadence, finely observed period detail and an overdose of flashbacks.
The film, based on a trio of nonfiction books about Jones and scripted by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, is structured around the events leading up to the musician's death. Leo Gregory plays Jones, and Paddy Considine is Frank Thorogood, a building contractor who stays with Jones during the fateful period.
Jones has ceased to be useful to the Stones due to his high-profile drug arrests and inability to tour or show up at the studio to record, and he wiles away his days at his home in East Sussex, with Thorogood gradually drawn into his bacchanal. Through abundant flashbacks and montages we witness Jones losing actress-model Anita Pallenberg (Monet Mazur) to Keith Richards (Ben Whishaw), contributing the soundtrack to Volker Schlondorff's film "Degree of Murder" and burying himself in a haze of drugs and alcohol, but we never really get a sense of him as a character.