A collection of reviews of films from off the beaten path; a travel guide for those who love the cinematic world and want more than the mainstream releases.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
It Might Get Loud (2009)
What happens when Jack White, The Edge (from U2) and Jimmy page come together to talk and make music.
One of the great films of 2009. A near religious experience about the living nature of music and the people who make it. If you love music, any music, you have to see this film.
Ultimately this is a fake documentary. The three musicians who are brought together to talk about music were brought together purely for this film. The cameras which follow them around, do so simply because it all leads to the moment when the three men come together to play. This doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with it, it just means what it was recording existed, like the paintings in The Mystery of Picasso*, purely for the film.
During the course of the film all three men talk extensively about their careers and their love of music. There is something so wonderful about the way they open up that I became fans of all three men. I especially love Jack White who is an endless font of information.
And then when the men come together its magic. Music and stories pour out of them and the moment when Jimmy Paige begins playing "Whole Lotta Love" and White and the Edge stop doing what they are doing to watch, as awe struck fan boys is worth the price of admission.
This is a film about music as life. Its one of the few films that I've ever felt was alive. Its a living and breathing entity of its own made whole by the music and the men who make it.
This was one of the best films I saw in 2009. Its also one of my favorite documentaries.
If you love music you need to see this film (preferably on a big screen with a great sound system)
Currently out on DVD
(*The Mystery of Picasso is a documentary about Picasso where he created several paintings specifically for the film. He then burned the paintings and they exist only on film)
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Great blog!! I will definitely be checking this one out!!ReplyDelete