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
Guess what? Meat Loaf is actually sort of cool ...
For a dude that's almost lost relevance, this film was certainly a great reminder of the true musical force this man was, and oddly enough, continues to be -- even for all of us whom find him to be more kitch than legend. The film is pretty great, despite getting the distinct impression Meat's in control the whole time - my only fault with the film is that it just barely gives us a glimpse into the "real" Meat Loaf, because as usual, the guy hams it up constantly and you're never sure what's genuine or not. But the movie's definitely entertaining -- it's funny and packed with Meat Loaf songs (both old and new) that, as someone who's not particularly a fan, I found to be a lot of fun (even though the guy is quickly losing his voice, which is a bit disturbing). Plus it's sort of cool to see what it's like to be in a back-up band -- a lot of the story revolves around the other people in the stage show, which at times was actually more interesting than Meat himself.
YES, it's weird that Jim Steinman has no presence in this documentary -- but then again, what a can of worms that opens. In a way I'm glad they didn't touch it, because then the film would have been all about him, no? This film is just Meat on the road. Hamming it up and singing (a little badly). But for some reason it's fun to come along and see all this -- by the end i was sort of endeared to this old guy, who ultimately is, well, kinda cool. YEah, i said it.
Recommended for sure, just don't get caught up in the "is this the REAL meat loaf?" cuz you won't get it.
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