Admirable boldness in conceit and execution — I mean, this just *goes* for it, takes it for a spin around the block, and then takes it further out. Not at all what the reviews made me expect, either.
Loved, loved, loved this.
A four-hour long doc on the Grateful Dead could've gone terribly wrong, but Amir Bar-Lev pulls off the miracle of telling the band's story in a way that's both a perfect introduction to newcomers (I watched this with non-heads who were genuinely intrigued) and at the same time manages to reveal new layers to hardcore obsessives.
Someone once described Phil Lesh's bass playing as endlessly surprising & unpredictable — but whenever you needed him to land on…