Pearl Jam: Twenty 2011 ★★★

As someone who embraced Pearl Jam wholeheartedly in my teen years I was excited to finally see this documentary, especially knowing that Cameron Crowe was involved (I'm an unashamed fan of Almost Famous, and thought his background as a music journalist would bode well for a detailed approach to the subject matter). The footage he had access to was incredible — over 1200 hours of it, including many of their earliest gigs — and while I enjoyed the film I was ultimately disappointed at the lack of depth. It's no easy task to condense 20 years of band history into a couple of hours, and overall it's definitely an enjoyable watch for anyone who remembers the 'grunge' period, but in the end I was left wanting for something a little more raw and compelling.

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