Actor, performer, and multi-platinum rock icon Meat Loaf reveals surprising shades of himself - and a fertile creative mind in constant flux - in this intimate and highly-entertaining theatrical feature documentary. The time is early 2007, one of the most stressful in Meat Loaf's career, when he is about to launch his most ambitious tour ever: an 18 month long marathon to support Bat Out of Hell III, the final album of the legendary "Bat" trilogy (first two albums had combined sales of over 55 million- two of the biggest selling albums of all time). His exhausting - and often poignant - journey takes him from Burbank, California through the first leg of his tour through Canada. Along the way, an unexpected media controversy erupts over the staging of one of his songs - a controversy that raises questions about his art, his age, his relevance - and brings into focus the drive (and demons) that have fueled his over-the-top stage persona for almost 40 years. MEAT LOAF: IN SEARCH OF ... Written by
When I heard about the documentary I was really excited. As a big Meat Loaf fan I really wanted to see this in depth look of him. Before I watched this I was already aware of the dedication Meat puts in his shows. And although they aren't all good he always seems to give his very best. So I wondered what I would get to see what I didn't already know about Meat. The answer: nothing.
Does that mean that this documentary sucks? No and yes really. No because the things we get to see are almost heartbreaking. We get to see many faces of Meat loaf. We get to see his 'larger than life' persona, almost broken, lying on the floor after a show. We see him being annoyed about the media about his act with Aspen Miller (Meat being 60 and Aspen looking like a 14 yr old did cause a lot of controversy in the press and by fans), we hear his band talk about him and we get to see how they go along together.
So a lot of backstage excitement you'd think. But not really because it doesn't really add anything to Meat Loaf from a fan's point of view. In fact at the beginning the crew of the documentary claim they are allowed to film anything for a certain amount of time but during the movie you realize that this was never the case. The direction always has been completely in the hands of Meat himself and we are only allowed to see what Mr. Loaf wants us to see. Nothing more nothing less. An that makes this documentary almost a waste of time. Whenever things start to get really interesting we get cut off so you almost wonder why it was made.
In the end it's hard for me to believe that the makers are happy with their product. Because it hardly is their product. It's Meat Loaf's propaganda movie showing how dedicated he is. At the beginning of the film it's obvious this wasn't the intention of the film crew but when it's all set and done the audience knows the director already lost charge after 10 minutes of filming.
So in conclusion you can say it's a good documentary for people who are not that familiar with Meat Loaf. You get to see a dedicated older rock star trying his best. As a Die Hard fan you learn nothing. From the reactions he leaves on the fan forum we know he is kind of a spoiled brat when it comes to criticism and thus the documentary was nothing more than an open door to us.
In Search For Paradise is included as the bonus disc on the recent Live DVD from the 3 Bats tour.
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