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...
I have no idea where to start here.
How about this movie is so good it hurts? Or that it is quite possibly one of the most quoted movies in history? Or that all involved are at the top of their games and make this a piece of entertainment that is virtually untouchable?
Massive praise to be sure, but Tap deserves every bit of it and a whole lot more.
A rock "mockumentary"- upon release it had 80's metal bands running for cover and hiding away as the piss take hit several nerves, lampooning the rock star mentality to a tee. Take the pretension of standing over Elvis Presley's grave and tuning up to Heartbreak Hotel- the band more focused…
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.
*gushing* ... "mockumentary" ... *raving* ... "goes to 11" joke ... *warm recommendation*
I love this film, it's funny, it's clever and it's marvellously acted. I can't remember if it's one of my Letterboxd Fab Four films, if it isn't it should be.
It was alright. Funny in places, alright in some. Would've rated it three stars if it wasn't for those incredibly spot-on songs.
To say that a younger version of myself, born about 20 years earlier, would have loved This is Spinal Tap without pretense says a lot about both director Rob Reiner’s rock mockumentary and my adolescent taste in music. In fact, the endlessly quotable satire that famously goes to 11 holds up unfortunately well against many of today’s music genres (including the pop punk of my teenage years, whose power-chord progressions arguably descend from the heavy metal precursors ridiculed here).
Though Spinal Tap points its parody most directly at the music scene of the 1980s, its wider pop culture allusions are disturbingly prescient. The late 70s and early 80s marked a shift in the cultural landscape of America that can be…
Spinal Tap is the original prank. Some funny scenes that gained it a small cult following. I liked the monster on the bass best!
Unexpectedly, I cried with laughter from this movie.
In This Is Spinal Tap we have hack documentarian Marty DeBergi following around one of the the worlds most popular bands, Spinal Tap as they get tour and get ready to release their latest album "Smell The Glove" all while the band seems to explode just like one of their drummers.
I'm just going to say it flat out, This Is Spinal Tap may just be one of the funniest movies to ever exist. Everything about it is just perfect. The mockumentary style of the movie is great and I had never seen anything like it when I saw it for the first time when I was a kid. I thought this was a real documentary and that Spinal Tap…
I wish I could give this more than 5 stars.
Tonight we're gonna rock it.
This is Spinal Tap!