Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
Oh, the airport-cucumber scene, how you make me laugh so much...
Oh, the Stonehenge scene, how you make me cry with surprise...
Oh, the Rock'n'Roll Creation performance, how you make me shake my head...
Oh, the 'Dese go to eleven' scene, how you make me want an amp like that...
Oh, the Sex Farm scene, how you make me wince...
Oh, the little bread scene, how you make me crave some little bread in a little garden with some little ham...
Oh, the ending, how you make me want to punch the air...
...these go to eleven.
It all started with a skit on an ill fated sketch comedy pilot simply titled The T.V. Show. Even though it had a ridiculously talented cast the show wasn't picked up, with very few people seeing the pilot. Despite this fact, the fictitious band Spinal Tap that was featured in one of the skits would live on for over 40 years later with them performing their latest "One Night World Tour" in 2009 with yet another single released the same year.
Their popularity has less to do with the original 1979 skit written by Rob Reiner and EVERYTHING to do with this rockumentary/mockumentary that he wrote and directed 5 years later. This is the…
I thought I had watched This Is Spinal Tap before. Turns out, I've just watched clips and bits of it on YouTube, hell, I even bought their "Back from the Dead"-album. So I watched it in its entirety now, and it's incredibly funny, and the mockumentary style works to absolute perfection.
It's the music that drives this film for me. The songs are very entertaining, and there's no question about the band's musical ability. The acting is also superb, and at no point do you question that these guys are real, albeit quite washed-up, rock 'n' rollers. Their comedic timing is brilliant, and their on-stage antics are very accurate.
It's not always laugh-out-loud funny, but more a witty and subtle…
I have watched this an unhealthy amount of times, but it is always hard not to resist a watch when it's on TV.
And proof there is a fine line between stupid and clever.
I saw this years ago as a kid and I didn't like it. Mostly because I didn't get what was funny. Watching it now, as someone who knows about the music industry, and gets all the jokes...
Yeah it's pretty fucking funny.
It's not perfect, and I dare say it's overrated, but it's tight and well-written and fantastically edited and the most damning and biting satire of rock music of all time.
Mostly respect it for it's creativity. The stonehenge sequence was just hilarious.
Simply a classic. This viewing was at The Power of Summer with several hundred other people. The audience was howling.
That's a 3.5 out of 5, not 11.
While I like the film, I'm just not one of those people that LOVE it. I was hoping a second viewing (it had been years since I'd seen it) would help me get there, but nope. There are definitely great scenes and it's funny, but it just doesn't inspire me to love it. To each their own, I suppose.
Hilarious mockumentary--er, rockumentary. How anyone actually though this was a serious documentary is mindboggling.
"The looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand."
"You're too young and I'm too well-hung"
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