Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
It Might Get Loud (2008)
A Cinematic Experience Not To Be Missed
As the first few silent moments go by the anticipation of the noise that the three key subjects are capable of creating builds to an intriguing climax. Jack White, armed only with an amp, jack plug, single string, plank of wood and a glass bottle creates a sound that resonates throughout the cinema shaking every bag of popcorn and carton of coke held by the captive audience.
Jack White, Jimmy Page and David "The Edge" Evans, take us on a tour of their lives, love and passion for the taming of the six stringed beast. We follow their careers from humble beginnings playing on improvised stages and instruments, to their massive successes selling out arenas and venues.
The tone of the film takes a thoroughly bluesy turn from the beginning. It would do if your subjects included Jimmy Page who helped to craft the template for rock musicians by taking the Delta Blues and adding power to its aggression. Backing him up in his style of playing is Jack White, a man who has made a career from trying to sound like "The Houses of the Holy."
Feeling, if not out of place then definitely out numbered, is Evans, the odd one out in this trio for his belief in technology and his love of effects. This provides an alternative view on guitar playing contrary to the organic styles of White and Page. This contradiction in styles is most visible when they first meet up in the film and there defiantly seems to be an air of isolation for "The Edge." This barrier slowly subsides however as the film progresses. With each new jam session the chemistry builds between the three players more and more as they bond over their passion for playing.
These and other musical intervals are the absolute highlight of the film. They are what makes this a truly cinematic experience. Do not wait for the DVD. The music in this film, the distortion, the resonance, the vibration, all needs to be heard with the surround of the speakers and the acoustics of the theaters. When the film finally gets round to playing "Stairway to Heaven" the hairs on the back of the neck leap out and shivers travel down the spine like a string being plucked. This is what going to see a Rock-Doc is all about.
An insult to the great original Star Wars Trilogy.
This is a film that took three of the most beloved films of all time and sold their souls to CGI. The original Star Wars Trilogy were not labelled as the greatest films ever made because of Light Sabres, or Storm Troopers, or groundbreaking motion capture special effects, but because of the human side. The quality of the acting from Sir Alec Guinness, the chemistry between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, the excellent dialogue that made every line a memorable quote and the context of faith and religion are what made them so everlasting. In this film Ewan McGregor's acting is surprisingly wooden for such a talented actor, Hayden Christensen has less chemistry with Natalie Portman than a 12 year old student's test tube, the dialogue is boring, the lines are cheesy and clichéd, there does not seem to be any actual emphasis on plot, it just being an excuse to glue one over-long action set piece to another, so the intrigue disappears fast and the themes and contexts are given a back seat to (admittedly impressive) CGI. It seems that George Lucas thought that what made a good film was as much soulless eye candy as possible.
Star wars was once a trailblazer in Science fiction and its originality gave most of the future Blockbusters the templates for their scenes, and what was originally Star Wars innovation became cliché at the hands of other films. Now it is Star Wars using the same plot lines we have seen over and over again, copying others and Episodes 1, 2 and 3 in a lazy attempt to seem interesting.
You do not need spectacle to create a good film you need drama and humanity both of which this film sorely lacks. In my opinion the best Light Sabre Fight of the series was the Showdown between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The fight didn't have any flipping or flopping or any fancy kung-fu, but it did have the enormous tension of the concept of the final fight between Master and Pupil. That made for a great scene, and the elements of drama are completely void from this movie. This is a cheap CGI fest that misses the point entirely.