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DC Talk: Free at Last (2002)

This long awaited documentary of DC Talk's groundbreaking Free At Last tour in 1994 chronicles the band's musical and spiritual coming-of-age.

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This long awaited documentary of DC Talk's groundbreaking Free At Last tour in 1994 chronicles the band's musical and spiritual coming-of-age.

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It's about time...
3 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

DC Talk was the breakout Christian music group of the 90's. These three talented young men, Toby McKeehan (TobyMac), Kevin Max Smith (Kevin Max) and Michael Tait (Tait) were able to entertain and inspire and endeavored in a largely successful crossover without losing the punch of their convictions or message (*KOFF* AMYGRANT *KOFF*). This video, originally to be released as a feature in 1995, chronicled life on tour with the band at the beginning of their greatest success.

Toby "Mac's" devotion to Martin Luther King, Jr. bordered on idolatry and he also attempted to be more profound than was necessary. At one point he was interviewing what appeared to be a half-crazed roadie and the unchecked speaker blurted out obvious blasphemy. TM stared briefly and quickly walked away.

Michael and Kevin seemed more natural... less put-on in front of the camera and more than that, they seemed to take the affair in stride.

Overall, I thought the film was fun, but contained some amateurish elements. I sincerely hope that B&W filmstock was used to keep it cheap and not to be "artistic." Also, the entourage, which included a "priest," joined with the visitation of various "holy men" and "shrines" were in my opinion very disturbing. In spite of this, I learned more about the history of a fascinating trio of young men.

The best option is to view the DVD: see the film as-is the first time and then view the audio commentary featuring Kevin, Michael and Toby. Interesting behind the scenes notes are given and the side-stories were very entertaining.

I give it 3 out of 5 possible Wiels for fans of doco, music or DC Talk, for those non-fans, skip this entirely.


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