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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.
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.
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…
The seminal mockumentary, Rob Reiner's "This Is Spinal Tap" is a randy and rollicking comedy that, sometimes prophetically, sends up the hard rock scene. Flowing over with wit, the film leans toward the lower-key side of things but is buoyed by tuneful and upbeat spirit that keeps the production moving.
Wryly and dryly, Reiner directs himself, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer as a filmmaker putting together a documentary about McKean, Guest, and Shearer's inept rock band, Spinal Tap. Committed to the form, the faux documentary stitches together a collection of talking-head interviews, concert footage, and other caught-on-camera moments that chart's the band's rise from mediocrity to simply a higher level of mediocrity.
From the band's lyrics to the…
One of the best comedies ever made. Mockumentaries are a dime a dozen these days but Spinal Tap remains the best of the best
It's hard to judge this film as it's pretty firmly ensconced on my mental shelf of Good Movies. I saw it last night for the first time in several years, but having also already seen it several times. I think my favorite part of Spinal Tap is the several lovely, tender moments that are completely ruined mid-bloom by bickering and/or the need to adhere to their hedonistic rock god image. For instance, when Marty asks Nigel and David about the first song they ever wrote together and they shyly start to piece together from memory a proto-rock song they had written as children (which is actually pretty good for something kids wrote), get into it, realize that it's completely contradictory to the serious artist image they're trying to create for the documentary, and indifferently rush the ending. It really makes you feel for these numbskulls.
The comedy might have worked better if anything about the world and it's characters were convincing, but Spinal Tap is just not that funny.
The improv is spectacular, but the plot, such as it is, is inconsequential, even for a movie of this type. As a film classic, it holds up. As a comedy, it's a trial run for later, better, Guest works.
Comedy gold Sandwich.
Creo que es mejor de lo que finalmente me ha parecido, pero qué le vamos a hacer, las expectativas han jugado de nuevo en mi contra (¡cómo las odio!). Aún así me he reído bastante y se disfruta seas fan del rock o no.
Por cierto, ahora reconozco las influencias que hicieron de "What We Do in the Shadows" (2014) la versión vampiresca de este falso y divertido "rockumentary" de los 80. Recomiendo ambas.
"Spinal Tap" is one of those wonderful little comedies that was made on a very modest premise but just keeps on making us laugh year after year. If you've ever had anything to do with the world of rock, you've lived this movie.
While it's a fantastic parody of the music documentary genre, it's just not super funny. It has its moments and it really nails them with great success but other times it seems to flounder a bit.
Nunca la había visto y me la imaginaba de otra manera la verdad.
En mi imaginación era mucho mas explícita con un humor mas grueso y tirando mas a la parodia exagerada. Pero cual es mi sorpresa cuando por fin la veo y no es así, es mas sutil, seco y creando situaciones humorísticas mas allá del gag. Que ojo, gags hay y funcionan de maravilla gracias a lo mencionado anteriormente.
Es fácil ver hoy en día la extensa influencia de This Is Spinal Tap, en varias series, películas e incluso grupos musicales, donde se usan
improvisaciones, un estilo de cinema verité y humor seco.
Y si ya quieres la versión real ahí está Anvil!: The Story Of Anvil.
Edito solo para mencionar si es mucha casualidad que uno de los protagonistas de Anvil!: The Story of Anvil se llame Robb Reiner.
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