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This Is Spinal Tap
Does for rock & roll what 'The Sound of Music' did for hills.
Legendary British rock band Spinal Tap is followed by a documentary film-maker during their attempt at an American comeback tour. The resulting film, interspersed with powerful performances showcasing Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows the group as the difficult industry threatens to fade them into obscurity.
Everything about it is funny.
These go to eleven.
Lick My Love Pump.
Cult movie? In its own right.
A satire that instead of humiliating, truly honors metal.
Rob Reiner's debut. His best film as well.
One of the best mockumentaries of all time.
I love it.
Outrageously funny, so much so that my laughter was swapped with a consistent and dopey grin on my face. The startling realism and authenticity of the satire elevates the entire experience into a supremely hilarious achievement. Rob Reiner nailed This is Spinal Tap, and I have a feeling that a rewatch will raise my thoughts on it.
You know, I'm marking this as a first time watch but let's face it - I've seen it before.
Well, most of it, anyway. The bit with the pods. 11. Getting lost on the way to the stage. The black album cover. The Stonehenge stage disaster. And more. I'd say perhaps as much as any incredibly popular film I hadn't seen yet, This Is Spinal Tap was the most impossible to go in to and enjoy like a first time viewing.
And I have to say that it probably did affect my opinion of it. The funniest moments the film has had been seen and heard of by me so…
A brilliant spoof of rock culture banalities. Rob Reiner thinks out of the box for the first and last time in his career. Christopher Guest is one of the collaborators of such a groundbreaking screenplay, releasing theatrically one of the most influential films of the 80s. Magnificent inside jokes for all of us music lovers, portraying band members, although stereotypically, as human beings totally devoid of any sign of intelligence except for the one they need to lay their fingers on an instrument and know how to play it. Marvelous masterpiece and I actually can't believe how h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s it was.
Not much to add here. An ever on-point genre classic which warrants universal acclaim. Just lacks that extra oomph to go all the way up to 11. Rob Reiner's 80s oeuvre is beloved like few others (particularly among Gen X who formed their palette in the period), and I'm glad to have finally caught up with his much loved debut (his early classics rarely seem to show up on television). Even if the jokes have been regurgitated throughout subsequent pop-culture, This Is Spinal Tap is a wonderfully busy satire all delivered in a key of tender loving truthfulness which blurs the lines as a mockumentary should. Instead of a couple big jokes connected together with less successful padding, it hasn't…
What comedies strive to be
THIS IS SPINAL TAP, aside from just being very funny, is a kind of seminal film. It began Rob Reiner's directorial career, it began Christopher Guest's style of comedy that he would continue in his own directing career, and is often cited as the beginning of modern mockumentaries. Of course, there had been movies made in the style of fake documentaries before, going all the way back to the newsreel sequence in CITIZEN KANE. Woody Allen had already made both TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN and ZELIG, and would have some mockumentary aspects again in HUSBANDS AND WIVES and SWEET AND LOWDOWN.
However, these were all mockumentaries that purported to tell "historic events." THIS IS SPINAL TAP seemed to be…
that one guy really reminded me of domhnall gleeson so now im sitting here thinking about domhnall gleeson
I hate going into a film with high expectations. I don't think this film is as funny as people make it out to be. There are some funny moments in the film (getting lost, eleven, drummers) but I did not find it as funny as a whole. I would not really call it a label it as a comedy. I think the way the film portrays the grounded reality dying rock stars face is the real selling point for me. I care about the band and their success. I want them to succeed. I want their albums to sell like crazy and their concerts to sell out. The inner conflict the band goes through is very real and raw. It…
"We're very lucky in the band in that we have two visionaries, David and Nigel, they're like poets, like Shelley and Byron. They're two distinct types of visionaries, it's like fire and ice, basically. I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that, kind of like lukewarm water."
How many movies can you say get better after every watch. So ahead of its time back then and timeless now. Every line is quotable.
It goes without saying how funny this film is but its satire also remains sharp enough that any of these things could be true for a number of bands, particularly hard rock bands in their 70s heydays.
What impresses me most about this film, though, is the level of jokes that operate in the background without drawing attention to themselves, eg, the band all suddenly having cold sores in one scene.
Endlessly quotable and unnervingly smart.
This seminal and formative mockumentary demonstrates everything that is great about the genre - dry, tongue-in-cheek observational humour, wry satirical inversions of the world (in this case rockstardom), and highly memorable characters that are great to laugh at and laugh with. Largely improvised, the film has a great life and tangibility to it that only strengthens its making-fun-of-rock-documentaries mission statement. Reiner’s narrative surprisingly shines through the wealth of little moments that make up the film, with the humourously tragic tale of a rock band trying to live past their expiration date revealing itself through the little instances, from tiny Stonehenges and interfering partners to cricket bats and spontaneously combusting drummers. This Is Spinal Tap is a revolutionary moment in comedy on the screen, and this spot-on pisstake film is just the start of its legacy.
It is an excellent mockumentary about the pretensions and delusions of those in the music industry and the industry itself as a whole.
Now I know the origin of the idiom "up to eleven".
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All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…